CANTON — What a Christmas present for the Marion boys.
When the Warriors unwrapped transfer Tyler Zinn, it completely changed the complexion of their season.
The Olathe South transfer had a spectacular debut for Marion on Tuesday with 29 points, 10 assists, 9 steals and 6 rebounds to sink Canton-Galva, 67-51.
The Eagles led 31-28 at the half as they were trying to improve to 6-1, but Zinn — an All-League performer last year at a Class 6A school — sparked the Warriors’ comeback. C-G was outscored 39-20 after halftime.
“Zinn played his first game tonight after becoming eligible after the break,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “We had absolutely no answer for him. He showed why he earned honors at Olathe South last year in the Sunflower League.”
Foul trouble plagued the Eagles throughout the game as stalwarts Travis Unruh and Zach Snow had to sit during some important minutes. Unruh did score 20 points and Reed Wiens added 12.
While the Eagles didn’t win, Duncan saw some good moments.
“We played 27 minutes of really good basketball tonight,” he said. “Probably the best we've played all season. Snow and Unruh picked up their fourth fouls and went to the bench late in the third (quarter) and we really struggled against Marion's pressure. We had 14 turnovers in the game and nine of them came at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. Marion went on a 15-0 run during that span. We weren't able to recover after that.”
• MARION GIRLS 48, CANTON-GALVA 30 — The Warriors’ defense never allowed the Eagles to get anything going as C-G lost for only the second time this year.
Canton-Galva was held to 15 first-half points and also scored just four in the fourth.
Cassidy Enns led the Eagles with 12 points. Kelli Nightingale just missed doubles with nine.