Marion rebounds with 48-37 win over Independence

Indians win their Wamac Conference West Division opener

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MARION — The purveying thought is kids can get over tough losses better than coaches.

“Yeah, that’s probably real accurate,” agreed Mike Manderscheid.

You could tell the Marion boys’ basketball coach still was a little bugged by his team’s one-point loss last Friday night at Solon. A 3-point shot at the buzzer gave the Spartans the win and is all that’s separating the Indians from a nice little 3-0 start.

Marion rebounded Tuesday night with a 48-37 win over Independence to begin play in the Wamac Conference’s West Division. A 2-1 record isn’t too bad.

“We had to flush that Solon game,” said Marion’s Chase Zielke. “As soon as that game was over, give us 10 minutes to think about it and get it out of the way. On to the next game.”

Marion made sure the next game didn’t come down to a final possession. It never trailed, building an early 10-2 lead and surviving a couple of Independence comeback attempts.

The Mustangs (2-2, 0-1) had an open look at a trey that would have tied the game early in the fourth quarter. It didn’t fall, and Marion went on to pull away.

“With this group, we play hard. They get after it,” Manderscheid said. “I thought all night, defensively, we played pretty well.”

Indee was relegated to distance shooting most of the way, as 25 of its 41 field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc. The Mustangs made four in a row in the second quarter to cut a 13-point Marion lead to three, but not many others fell.

“You take those four straight 3s off, and we gave up 25 points in 28 or 29 minutes,” Manderscheid said. “So defensively, we played well, boxed out well. Offensively, I thought we got a little bit hurried at times.”

Zielke led Marion with 13 points, including a trio of treys. Alex Whalen added 10, and Jevin Manderscheid (the coach’s son) nine.

Sean Geertsema had 14 points for Independence.

“Rebounding this game was big,” Zielke said. “We knew we had to rebound and get it up the court. That was one of our main goals at the beginning. Beat them before they could set up their defense. We knew they could set up five different defenses really fast. So that was our main thing. Get it and go.”

Independence held a scant 30-27 boards edge.

“Any win is a good win in our conference,” Manderscheid said.

AT MARION

INDEPENDENCE (37): Tom Reiff 1-4 0-0 2, Zach Snyder 2-8 0-0 5, Cyrus Butters 0-5 0-0 0, Cliff Baldwin 2-7 0-0 6, Sean Geertsema 5-10 2-2 14, Logan Schmitt 1-3 2-4 4, Kenyon Hosch 2-5 0-0 6, Garrett Bitterman 0-2 0-0 0, Robert Stivers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-41 4-6 37.

MARION (48): Trevor Paulsen 1-5 3-5 5, Chase Zielke 4-9 2-3 13, Alex Whalen 3-6 2-4 10, Matthew Brase 2-5 2-2 6, Jevin Manderscheid 4-8 0-1 9, Grant Meth 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Whalen 1-3 1-2 3, Rick Atkins 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 16-38 10-17 48.

Halftime — Marion 26, Independence 22. 3-point goals — Independence 7-25 (Reiff 0-1, Snyder 1-3, Butters 0-1, Baldwin 2-7, Geertsema 2-6, Schmitt 0-2, Hosch 2-3, Bitterman 0-2), Marion 6-16 (Paulsen 0-1, Brase 0-2, Zielke 3-6, A. Whalen 2-4, Manderscheid 1-3). Rebounds — Independence 30 (Snyder 12), Marion 27 (Paulsen, Zielke 7). Total fouls — Independence 18, Marion 11. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Independence 17, Marion 11.

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