WOODSTOCK - Early in the fourth quarter Friday, the Marian Central student section started to heckle Marmion forward Tyler Maryanski for missing a slam dunk.
If that was the biggest blemish, then the Cadets must have had a good night.
Marmion staved off a mid-game rally by the Hurricanes to earn a 68-57 win Friday in a Suburban Christian Conference boys basketball game. The Cadets (10-11, 3-2 SCC) raced to a 15-point lead early in the game and never trailed despite allowing Marian (9-14, 2-3 SCC) to slice the lead to one point in the second quarter.
“We gave some possessions away and we were turning it over for a stretch, but we really got back on the defensive glass,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “With Marian being a tough, physical team every year, we came in knowing we had to win the rebounding.”
The Cadets also won the scoring battle thanks in large part to four 3-point baskets from Michael Sheehan, who led the team with 20 points. Jake Esp added 14 points for Marmion, while Daniel Bicknell (11 points), Jordan Glasgow (seven points) and Maryanski (seven points) rounded out the Cadets' top scorers.
North awaits Larkin: At St. Charles, St. Charles North is eager for another crack at Upstate Eight Conference River Division-leading Larkin, which is set to visit the North Stars at 6 p.m. today.
“We’re going to get their best punch, they’re going to get our best punch,” North guard Jake Ludwig said. “We’ve got to play really good to beat them.”
North – 6-2 in the River compared to Larkin’s 8-0 – tuned up for the game with Thursday’s 70-61 win at Elgin. The victory was the North Stars’ fifth in sixth games, but also their first action since Jan. 18.
"It should be beneficial to have a game like that as opposed to a game where you just run away with it," North Stars coach Tom Pouln said. "Not that we expected to do that, but that got us better ready for Saturday than the alternative."
Larkin defeated North, 69-54, in Elgin on Dec. 13, closing the game on a 16-0 run.
Geneva’s Soto makes state cut: At St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, Geneva senior Jason Soto advanced to today’s final two rounds of the IHSA state meet after two rounds Friday. Soto rolled a 1,278 over six games, averaging a 213 to rank 47th. His top effort was a 279 in game 2.
The top 30 individuals from the 12 nonadvancing teams move on.
Soto is the first Geneva athlete to represent the school in the state meet.
“He fought through it, and we will have another shot [today],” Vikings coach Jordan Zimberoff said.
St. Charles East 39, DeKalb 20: At St. Charles, East earned a nonconference dual victory on its senior night.
Burlington Central 53, Richmond-Burton 24: At Richmond, BC scored a comfortable Big Northern Conference East win on the road.
• Shaw Media’s Tom Musick contributed to this report.