AURORA – The Marmion boys basketball team overcame a six-point halftime deficit Friday to secure a 63-54 win against Glenbard South in a nonconference game.
With five minutes left in the third quarter, senior Alex Theisen knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Cadets (8-14) a three-point lead.
Marmion held onto the lead with clutch free-throw shooting late to pull out the victory.
Theisen (16 points) joined Colin Kavanaugh (14) and Jordan Glasgow (12) in double figures.
Glenbard South (6-14) established an early lead with the strong inside play of senior center Tim Marshall, who led the Raiders with 11 points.
But after halftime, Marmion went to a full-court press to slow down the Raiders’ offense. Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke credited the Cadets’ pressure for changing the momentum of the game.
“They turned it up a notch, their pressure got at us and we turned the ball over in some key situations,” Hardtke said. “It disrupted us offensively down the stretch. We made some poor decisions and we weren’t able to knock down some shots late.”
Late in the fourth quarter, the Raiders cut their deficit to one thanks to a 3-pointer by junior Alex Jeske. But the Cadets extended their lead on four straight free throws by Glasgow. The sophomore shook off two misses from the free-throw line earlier in the quarter to step up in the clutch.
“I was nervous after I missed my first two … but it went away,” Glasgow said. “I told myself, ‘I can make these in late-game situations.’ ”
Glasgow said coach Ryan Paradise was disappointed in the team’s energy in the first half. Paradise said the team’s improved rebounding and shot selection to cement the victory.
“Really we stressed our defensive rebounding. [The Raiders] were getting a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half,” Paradise said. “To me, shot selection, not turning it over and defensive rebounds won the game for us.”