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As Marmion went to the locker room at halftime of Saturday’s game with Rockford East tied at 39-all, Cadets coach Ryan Paradise thought the first team to 70 would probably win.
It eventually happened that way, but in favor of Rockford East which prevalied 78-66 over the Cadets.
“They got there and we didn’t, and that was the game,” Paradise said after East wore down the Cadets in the second half. “They were breaking us down off the dribble and our rotations were slow in the second half. By the fourth quarter we turned the ball over too much and we didn’t have the legs for the press so they made the plays and broke us down.”
East Rockford started the second half on a quick 6-0 run, with a jumper by Isaiah Box giving the E-Rabs the lead for good. That advantage reached double digits with five minutes to go in the game when Devion Smith completed a three-point play to make it a 64-54 game.
The lead stretched to as many as 16 at 72-56, and while Marmion got it back to 10 (74-64) on a three-pointer by Corey Friel with 92 seconds to play, it could get no closer. The Cadets turned the ball over 13 times in the second half and shot just 9-for-27 from the field.
Meanwhile, the E-Rabs made 16 of their 28 shots (62 percent) in the second half and put three players in double figures as Smith and Austin Young scored 20 points each and Box posted 17.
Marmion (5-13) picked up where it left off Friday night when it scored 36 points in the second half in a three-point loss to rival Aurora Central by hitting 10 of its 17 shots in the first quarter and trailed by just two at 22-20.
Gradually the shots stopped falling from there, but with Jordan Glasgow scoring 11 points in the first half and Mike Sheehan tossing in eight, Marmion used 10 points from the free throw line in the quarter to keep the game deadlocked at the break.
“You call it a draw (at halftime) and then play for 16 minutes,” Paradise said. “Scoring 39 points was good for us.”
Glasgow finished with 20 points for the Cadets. Tyler Maryanski added 11, while Sheehan finished with 10.