Marion jumped on Canton-Galva’s boys for a 22-7 advantage in the first quarter and despite numerous charges by the Eagles, C-G wound up losing a 61-49 decision Thursday night.
C-G roared back with a 22-13 second quarter and pulled within two by the end of the third quarter before the Warriors unfurled an 18-7 fourth-quarter advantage. The Eagles actually did take a one-point lead briefly in the third quarter.
The game was littered with 3-pointers, as the Warriors made nine and C-G drained seven. Five of Marion’s 3-pointers came in the first quarter.
“We came out very flat again,” C-G coach Shane Duncan said. “Marion is too good of a team to start the game without a sense of urgency. As a coach, I need to find the right buttons to push so we don't start out so sluggish. I was extremely proud of the boys for fighting back after such a strong start for Marion, but I felt we wore ourselves out getting back in the game. We just didn't have enough left in the tank to finish it off in the fourth.”
Cody Savage scored 13 points to lead the Eagles, while Travis Unruh added 12 and Nick Bray tallied 10.
• Marion girls 39, Canton-Galva 33 — The Eagles stayed in the game behind Cassidy Enns, but her effort wasn’t enough.
Enns scored 16 points, including eight in the third quarter. The first half was C-G’s undoing as it scored only 11 first-half points.
• Elyria Christian Junior High boys 47, Centre 43 — The Jr. Eagles improved their record to 6-1 with a hard-earned victory.
Aiden Fields and Tyler Thiessen were a devastating 1-2 punch for Elyria with 22 and 17 points, respectively.
The Elyria JH girls lost 34-32. No scoring was available. Elyria is now 1-6.