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Considering the emotional wringer Marmion fans experienced in Saturday’s 68-61 double overtime win over Geneseo, the Cadet faithful might have a hard time believing the Maple Leafs were limited to a single point during the last four minutes.
But that’s exactly what Marmion (4-8) did to end a three-game skid in rebounding from a loss in Friday’s pool-play opener in DeKalb’s Dayton Holiday tournament. After missing opportunities to win the game in regulation and the first overtime, the Cadet’s outscored the Maple Leafs 8-1 in the second extra session.
“On the plus side, Christmas dinner will be a little more enjoyable for everyone and we can obviously learn from the film on this one,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “We left a lot of free throws in regulation and the first overtime, plus some dumb, reach-in fouls meant we couldn’t close the door.”
Geneseo’s Jordan Starkey (32 points) tied the contest at 53 before a traveling violation nullified a go-ahead hoop for Marmion with 39 seconds remaining. The Cadets got the ball back and drew up a play that ended with Mike Sheehan missing a buzzer-beater of regulation.
“We always win the game in practice off that play,” Paradise noted. “Although sometimes it’s because we go to the line.”
Trailing by a point with 7.7 seconds left in the first overtime, Marmion’s Jordan Glasgow hit the first of two foul shots only to have the second bounce around and off. A follow-up shot and another after a tip also failed.
Matt Smith opened the second OT with a bucket that capped his 12-point contribution and Colin Kavanaugh put home a bank shot before Sheehan hit one of two for a 65-60 lead. Geneseo’s Sharkey hit a free throw, but an intentional follow-up miss was waived off due to a lane violation.
Glasgow sank two free throws to cap his team-high 21-point showing and Sheehan tacked on another free throw with 12.5 seconds.
“It’s definitely nice to get the win, but we should’ve beaten them by more, or at least sooner,” Glasgow added. “Give No. 5 credit for them, he made a lot of shots.”
“I enjoyed the challenge (of guarding Sharkey), although it was a lot of work,” added Alex Theisen, who just missed double digits with eight points.
The tournament resumes play Wednesday with Marmion having a 3:30 pm contest against a Chicago Vocational squad boasting more size and speed in a match-up that will most likely decide which team becomes the pool runner-up.