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Wheaton Academy rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat Marmion, 73-58, during Friday’s Suburban Christian Conference contest in Aurora.
The Warriors fell behind 27-14 after one quarter but responded in strong fashion by outscoring the Cadets, 28-11, to take a 42-38 lead into halftime. Marmion would not get any closer than 47-44 in the second half.
“We struggled with the pressure early on and Marmion is a really quick and an athletic team,” Wheaton Academy coach Paul Ferguson said. “I was proud with how our guys bounced back and handled the pressure better. We haven’t seen much pressure this year so it was a very good experience for us.”
Marmion (3-6, 1-2) forced 10 first quarter turnovers but was unable to sustain the pressure throughout.
“That was as fun of a first quarter that we’ve had in a long time,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “I thought we got tired with our pressing late in the second and the third quarter though.”
Wheaton Academy (8-1, 3-0) was able to slice through Marmion’s defense as the game wore on to get easy buckets inside. On other occasions, they penetrated before dishing passes to set up their teammates for their seven three-pointers.
“We just wanted to run our offense,” Wheaton Academy senior Collin Roy said. “We’ve been working on it a lot in practice, and once we did that we started to slow things down and get our offense going.”
Roy led the Warriors with 18 points, Gabe Partain added 17 points, while Josh Ruggles contributed 16 points off the bench. Despite foul trouble, 6-foot-8 Gordon Behr was able to chip in with 10 points.
“Josh played some big minutes for us tonight as a sophomore,” Ferguson said. “He played with a lot of composure, handled the press well, shot the ball well and knocked down free throws. He gave us big minutes tonight, I’m really proud of him.”
Junior Tyler Maryanski, who had a highlight-worthy alley oop dunk midway through the first quarter, led the Cadets with 19 points. Jordan Glasgow added 11 points and five rebounds.
Free throw shooting continued to hurt the Cadets, who converted just 9-of-19 while the Warriors made 18-of-25. The Warriors also dominated the boards, outrebounding the hosts, 34-19.