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Hampshire extended its win streak to nine games, but only after fighting off Marmion’s comeback effort in Friday’s opener of DeKalb’s 85th annual Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament.
The finish to the 63-60 battle wasn’t a surprise to either coach as Hampshire (9-1) got a crucial one-and-bonus conversion from Matt Bridges with 30.9 seconds left, and the front end of two foul shots from Ryan Cork with 1.2 ticks remaining to create the final tally.
While the Cadets (3-8) grabbed the miss on the second attempt, hopes for a tying three were dashed as the pass upcourt was tipped away by Brendan Waterworth.
“I’d seen Marmion twice and both times they got down and then made a comeback,” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett said. “They played good, hard defense and were physical as I expected, and we escaped. We survived and made one advance (in round-robin pool play), and that’s what you need to do in a tournament.”
Said Marmion coach Ryan Paradise: “We’ve come back to win or we’ve come back to lose a close one. Just once I’d like us to figure out how to play with a lead. I was flat out disappointed with the way we started, we dug ourselves another hole. There’s one thing we’ve done in every game and that’s fight to the finish, but I’d like to see us play that way having started with a real advantage.”
Hitting the game’s first bucket didn’t meet the criteria as Hampshire answered with 11 points en route to ending the opening quarter with a 23-12 lead.
The Whip-Purs had their biggest lead of 16 (30-14) before the Cadets ended the first half on a 16-8 run. The seven-point (38-31) intermission edge was still in place after three quarters and remained with 3:59 left when Hampshire’s Tyler Crater (14 points) made an old-fashioned three-point play for a 60-53 tally.
Marmion’s Jordan Glasgow — who had 10 points in each half for a game-high 20 — had the assist of the night on an inbound pass that Mike Sheehan caught in mid-flight and banked home to pull the Cadets to within three.
However, Marmion wasn’t able to capitalize on a missed one-and-one with 1:06 left.
Then came the two biggest of Bridges’ eight-point showing for a 62-57 edge.
“My goal is to do whatever I can to just try to help the team get a W,” Bridges said. “In this case it was those free throws.”
Alex Thiesen added 14 for Marmion, and the last of his trio of three-pointers got the Cadets back to within two before Cork hit a free throw to give him a team-best 19 points — 13 of which came in the first half.
“I got a lot of open looks thanks to my teammates,” Cork said.
Barnett used a timeout in between free throws to refocus his club that a make would seal the game, and even with a miss, Marmion would have only 1.2 seconds to get off a shot. He then predicted what the Cadets would do, which led to Waterworth’s tip.
“Just like coach said, we need to play better from the beginning so that we don’t have to claw our way back,” Marmion’s Glasgow said. “I do think we are getting better and as we get people stronger, like Tyler (Maryanski) coming back from an injury, I believe we’ll peak toward the end of the season. But we’ve got to start getting some good wins in order to build up to that peak.”
Hampshire also had double-figures from Shane Hernandez, who had 10 points along with several rebounds and two blocks.
“Playing hard at both ends is one way to contribute, but I also think us seniors have to keep the young guys focused and show some composure throughout the game,” Hernandez said.
HAMPSHIRE 63, MARMION 60
Waterworth 2 0-1 4, Cork 7 2-4 19, Jansen 0 0-0 0, Hernandez 4 2-6 10, Crater 5 1-1 14, Bridges 3 2-3 8, Dumoulin 4 0-0 8. Totals 25 7-15 63.
Ruddy 1 1-2 4, Sheehan 4 0-0 9, Smith 1 1-2 3, Maryanski 0 2-2 2, Glasgow 9 0-0 20, Theisen 5 1-2 14, Kavanaugh 0 3-4 3, Friel 1 0-0 3, D. Bicknell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 8-12 60.
Hampshire 23 15 14 11 --- 63
Marmion 12 19 14 15 --- 60
Three-point field goals – H (6): Cork 3, Crater 3, M (9), Theisen 3, Glasgow 2, Ruddy 1, Sheehan 1, Friel 1. Total Fouls -- H 14, M 21. Fouled out -- None.