Prep Basketball

No close-game blues this time for Marion, which blasts CCA, 60-37

MARION — Maybe the Marion boys’ basketball team is on to something here. A foolproof method to not losing close games is not playing any.

The Indians didn’t play one Friday night, rolling up lots of points early and whacking Clear Creek Amana, 60-37. This was a welcomed relief for a club that has lost five games this season by seven points or less and four by four or less.

That’s frustration with a capital ‘F.’

“Losing all the close games is rough,” said Marion’s Chase Zielke. “You work so hard at stuff, you practice stuff, then you go out in a close game and don’t come out on top. But it was great to get back and work really well together and get a good team win like tonight. It felt great, and it just motivates us to play even harder every other game.”

Zielke hit a quartet of 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points for the Indians (5-6, 4-3 Wamac West). Marion made 7 of 16 treys to build a 37-18 halftime lead, the product of good ball movement.

Mason Rahe came off the bench for three 3s and 11 first-half points.

“Our 3 was on, that’s for sure,” Zielke said. “But we really just played well as a team. We passed the ball really well, drove and kicked, everything. Our main goal tonight was just to attack, and I thought we did that really well.”

“I thought tonight the biggest difference for us was we went and got rebounds,” said Coach Mike Manderscheid. “Before, we haven’t been able to do that. We’ve been stressing that, working on that. Go get the board. When it comes down to it, all we want is effort and attitude.”

The coach feels he has gotten a lot of that, despite all of the heartbreak. Marion lost the final game before the holiday break by a point to Washington (Iowa) and came out of break with a tough seven-point loss to Western Dubuque and a four-point loss Tuesday night to division-leading South Tama.


The Indians get right back after it Saturday night as they take part in the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center, facing Cedar Rapids Jefferson. You can probably expect that one to be a tight game because they almost all have been so far.

“After our very first game, I said we will not be out of any game,” Manderscheid said. “So far, that has been proven right. That’s just the kind of team we are. I don’t think we’ll ever get blown out, but we’re going to have to find ways to win a tight game. It’s just a little bit here or there. A timely turnover, an untimely rebound we give up, things like that have been an achilles heel for us.”

Darius Moore led CCA (2-9, 2-5) with 12 points, though that was eight under his average. The Clippers shot just 24 percent from the field.


CLEAR CREEK-AMANA (37): Nolan Schwarting 2-5 0-0 6, Trevor Bollers 0-4 3-4 3, Tyler Schrepfer 2-6 0-0 4, Darius Moore 4-12 4-4 12, Jordan Wolfe 1-2 1-3 3, Quentin Gisleson 0-3 1-2 1, Camden Armstrong 0-5 0-0 0, Dylan Sheely 2-5 2-3 5, Nicholas O’Connor 0-1 3-4 3, Kaden McAreavy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-45 14-20 37.

MARION (60): Trevor Paulsen 2-7 0-0 4, Grant Meth 0-1 0-0 0, Matthew Brase 3-6 0-0 8, Chase Zielke 8-17 1-2 21, Alex Whalen 1-4 6-6 8, Mason Rahe 4-5 6-6 8, Jaffer Murphy 1-4 0-1 2, Jevin Manderscheid 1-3 0-0 2, Connor Whalen 2-3 0-3 4, Austin Prier 0-1 0-0 0, Rick Atkins 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Blaik Swailes 0-0 0-0 0, J.D. Grawe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 7-14 60.

Halftime — Marion 37, Clear Creek Amana 18. 3-point goals — Clear Creek Amana 2-12 (Schwarting 2-4, Schrepfer 0-2, Moore 0-2, Armstrong 0-3, McAreavy 0-1), Marion 9-20 (Paulsen 0-1, Brase 2-5, Zielke 4-6, A. Whalen 0-2, Rahe 3-4, Murphy 0-1, Prier 0-1). Rebounds — Clear Creek Amana 32 (Bollers 7), Marion 37 (Paulsen 8). Total fouls — Clear Creek Amana 14, Marion 17. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — Clear Creek Amana 8, Marion 6.



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