AURORA – Playing without fouled-out point guard Mike Sheehan for the final quarter-plus Friday night, the Marmion boys basketball team turned to anyone who was willing to contribute.
Several Cadets answered the call in a 62-56 win against Suburban Christian Conference Blue rival Aurora Christian, including Jake Esp, who led the team with 18 points.
“This was a toughness win for us,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “We played well together and never lost our composure.”
Sheehan scored 14 points for Marmion (6-9, 1-1 SCC Blue), which used balance to help cancel out twin 18-point efforts from Johnathan Harrell and R.D. Lutze of the Eagles (9-7, 1-3). The Cadets led, 30-22, at halftime.
“We had a cushion the whole third, fourth quarter,” Paradise said. “It wasn’t pretty down the stretch, but we hit some free throws in big spots and got some stops when we needed to.”
Burlington Central 70, Richmond-Burton 46: At Burlington, BC (11-4, 3-1 Big Northern Conference East) erupted with a 25-point third-quarter that broke open a 24-17 halftime lead. Central center Duncan Ozburn scored 17 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little earlier in the [division] season [against Genoa-Kingston],” Central coach Brett Porto said. “So I knew they were hungry to get back in the [division] race. We talked at halftime about keeping our foot on the gas offensively. The kids came out and played a really good 16 minutes [in the second half].”
Mooseheart 86, Gage Park 47: At Mooseheart, Mangisto Deng (23 points) and Makur Puou (20) both made the most of about 15 first-half minutes for 7-2 Mooseheart. Puou added 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the Red Ramblers’ first game since Dec. 17.
Immaculate Conception 50, Aurora Christian 39: At Aurora, Alyssa Andersen paced Aurora Christian (10-7, 4-1 SCC) with 13 points. Gabby Galbato added nine points.
St. Charles East 51, Neuqua Valley 12: At St. Charles, East rolled to a comfortable Upstate Eight Conference crossover win in the opening leg of an eventual “Brawlers and Ballers” sweep.
East Aurora 54, St. Charles North 19: At Aurora, North’s Kolbe O’Brien earned a fall at 106 pounds, while Steve Collins continued his hot streak at 132.
• Shaw Media’s Joe Stevenson contributed to this report.