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Turning defense into offense at Marmion Saturday night, the Cadets blew out Marian Central 67-39 in a Suburban Christian game.
Utilizing a fullcourt trapping defense, the Cadets overcame a slow start and stymied the Hurricanes offensively.
After trailing 5-0, Marmion closed the first quarter with a 9-0 burst and then poured in 22 points in the second stanza. The Cadets hit 9-of-12 attempts from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, in the frame.
“We try to pride ourselves on (fullcourt trap) and getting a lot of steals out of that and converting them into points,” said sophomore Jordan Glasgow, who scored a team-high 12 points and collected five steals. “We were down a little early and I knew we had to fight back.
“We finally started hitting our shots and we haven’t hit them like that in a while,” Glasgow added. “Everyone was hitting them, which was nice, and that helped us get out to the big lead.”
Six different Cadets inked the scoring column in the second quarter. Senior Alex Theisen drilled a pair of three-pointers, and Glasgow hit three field goals.
Glasgow converted two steals into easy layups and added a four-footer in the lane. Mike Sheehan and Corey Friel each sank a long ball, while Colin Kavanaugh and Jake Esp scored from the paint.
“Our defense started from the get-go and set the tone for us,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “We’re coming off a loss from (Friday) night where we didn’t really show up to play as far as our energy and effort. That was our main focus tonight. We need to control the things that we can control.
“I thought we were due for a game of hot shooting and that came,” Paradise added. “We had a scoring drought to start the game, but we withstood that and our defense kept up. We got some turnovers and fastbreaks and that got us going.”
Leading 31-17 at the intermission, the Cadets (9-16) tallied 12 straight points to start the second half. Danny Bicknell deposited a rebound, and Sheehan and Glasgow followed with treys. Sheehan added a 15-foot jumper and a layup after a steal at the 5:45 mark for a 43-17 advantage.
The Hurricanes committed six miscues in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Marmion collected 15 steals as Marian turned the ball over on 23 occasions.
Friel and Kavanaugh fed each other to close the third frame and extend the lead to 52-24. Friel canned two triples in the final quarter and finished with 11 points.
Sheehan netted 10 points, while fellow starters Theisen and Bicknell each had six. Matt Smith collected five points, and the Cadets’ bench had six different players score.