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Hampshire used a 10-0 surge to end the third quarter of a 50-44 win over Marmion on Friday as it claimed third place in DeKalb’s 85th Annual Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament.
The two teams — which met seven days earlier as first-round pool-play foes with Hampshire holding off a late Cadet charge for a 63-60 victory that night — had troubles finding the basket in different stretches.
“Our second quarter was just horrendous,” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett said. “We were listless, lethargic and many other words someone more astute than I could come up with. After we let them back in, we were able to end the third quarter strong and then extend that lead through the fourth.”
Alex Theisen got Marmion (5-10) off to a 5-4 lead before the Whip-Purs (12-2) surged to a 17-9 first-quarter-lead. The Cadets then trimmed the deficit to one (25-24) at halftime and got consecutive three-pointers from Mike Sheehan followed by a Corey Friel trey for a 33-30 Marmion lead.
Hampshire’s Tyler Crater ran a consecutive free throw streak up to nine along with a bucket as part of the 10-0 surge to close the quarter and put Hampshire ahead 40-33 entering the final eight minutes.
“That was some negative déjà vu for us,” Cadet coach Ryan Paradise said. “We use up so much energy getting back to ground zero; we can’t deliver a knock-out punch. We had a couple possessions where we had five, six or seven attempts and couldn’t score.”
During a 13-minute, 17-second stretch beginning in the third quarter through to the fourth, the Cadets were charged with 18 fouls while Hampshire picked up five. The ultimate irony came during the final minute when Marmion was trying to stop the clock but averaged 12 seconds between calls.
“That was frustrating but the bottom line is we can’t score 44 points and expect to win games,” Paradise said. “We can’t have stretches where we don’t take good shots.”
Added Theisen: “It’s always a good experience to face tough out-of-conference competition, and I think this tournament showed that we can play tough on defense,” However, it also proves we have work to do on offense.”
Crater, who finished with a game-high 18 points, earned Second-Team All-Tournament status along with teammate Shane Hernandez, who tallied 10.
“This was my third year coming to DeKalb for a Thanksgiving or Christmas tournament, and we had never placed until this year,” Crater said. “So that was nice, and getting an individual award is icing on the cake.”
Added Barnett: “I thought Tyler was deserving of first-team honors, and (Ryan) Cork could’ve been recognized along with Shane.”
Marmion’s lone double-figure scorer was Sheehan, who nailed half of his six field goals from long-range for 15 points. The Cadets’ Jordan Glasgow was also voted Second-Team All-Tournament.
“Mike played really tough for us the last two contests and did a real good job of ball handling,” Paradise said.
In Thursday’s semifinals, Marmion lost 61-49 to Winnebago while Hampshire lost 52-50 to Moline.
Despite jumping out to an early 18-2 lead, Moline was dethroned as Winnebago’s Indians fought to within two points, 28-26, at halftime, and used a 20-14 fourth-quarter to remain undefeated for the season (15-0) with a 63-56 championship-game triumph.
HAMPSHIRE 50, MARMION 44
Ruddy 0 0-2 0, Sheehan 6 0-0 15, Theisen 3 0-0 8, Smith 3 0-0 6, Glasgow 0 0-0 0, D. Bicknell 2 0-0 5, Kavanaugh 2 0-0 4, Friel 2 1-3 6. Totals: 18 1-5 44.
Waterworth 1 2-2 5, Dumoulin 2 1-2 5, Hernandez 5 0-1 10, Crater 4 9-11 18, Cork 2 0-2 4, Bender 0 0-0 0, Bridges 2 2-2 6, Tuttle 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 14-20 50.
Marmion 9 15 9 11 --- 44
Hampshire 17 8 15 10 --- 50
Three-point field goals – M: (7) Sheehan 3, Theisen 2, Friel 1, D. Bicknell 1; H: (2): Crater 1, Waterworth 1. Total Fouls – M: 18, H: 5. Fouled out – none.