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Colin Kavanaugh of Marmion starts to pass as Cory Windle (34) of Aurora Christian defends. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Many times when Marmion’s basketball team has lost this season it was due to a short lapse in the second half that allowed the other team to take the lead.
In Friday’s 60-53 Suburban Christian Blue win over Aurora Christian, however, the Cadets were able to weather the storm and hang on for the win.
Marmion’s 11-point halftime lead was sliced to one on three separate occasions in the fourth quarter, but Christian was never able to wrest away the lead.
“It was different for us this time because when we’ve lost leads and lost games, it was usually a period where we kind of lost it mentally,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “When they made their run in the third quarter, it wasn’t like we were screwing up, they made a good run. I was proud of our guys that this time we had a couple of real ugly offensive possessions, but Jordan [Glasgow] hit a couple of shots out of the scramble that got our momentum back.”
Marmion (6-13 overall, 2-3 Suburban Christian Blue) jumped out to a 37-26 lead at the half thanks to some contributions from the bench. Corey Friel hit three three-pointers in the second quarter and Colin Kavanaugh scored seven points to go with four rebounds in the half. The Cadets went 11 deep in the half and all of the players contributed.
But in the third quarter, Aurora Christian (9-8, 0-5) put together a fierce, 10-0 run keyed by three-pointers from Haydn McNelis and Ryan McQuade that cut the lead to 46-43 at the end of the third quarter.
All three times that the Eagles cut the lead to one in the fourth quarter, however, Glasgow came up with a creative shot in the lane to answer it. The sophomore led the Cadets with 12 points, but all of them seemed to be of the playground variety.
“Half of the time I don’t even remember what I did to make the shots,” Glasgow said. “I just look at the basket and put the ball up and it goes in.”
Marmion ended the game on an 8-2 run to pull away for the win, leaving the Eagles winless the first trip through the SCC Blue.
“Marmion earned that victory,” said Aurora Christian coach Pat McNamara, coaching against the program he led from 2002-07. “Our guys were physical, but they were a lot physical and really got after it. I thought that was one of the big keys to the game. They earned the victory, they really did.”
Aurora Christian’s Cory Windle led all scorers with 16 points, including two big dunks. Alex Theisen added 11 points for Marmion.
Though Glasgow’s line only showed 12 points and seven rebounds, Paradise was once again impressed with his young player.
“He’s a beast and I think every game dictates what we need out of him,” Paradise said. “There have been games where he’s been well over 20 points, there have been games where he’s had over 10 rebounds. Today he was just our constant. He got timely rebounds, timely steals and ugly buckets.”