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Marion boys' basketball scores impressive season-opening win over Center Point-Urbana

Big second quarter carries Indians to 60-46 victory

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MARION — From the opening whistle, Mike Manderscheid liked what he saw from his Marion boys’ basketball team.

The Indians came out and attacked on both ends of the court in Friday’s season-opener with Center Point-Urbana. After a tight first quarter, Marion exploded in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors, 28-10 in the period en route to an impressive 60-46 victory at the Marion gym.

“I just loved the energy we played with all night long,” Manderscheid said. “From the beginning of the week until tonight we made a lot of growth and it showed on the court. Our focus was to get out and play hard with a big crowd here and I thought we accomplished that.”

Marion used a sticky man-to-man defense to keep the pressure on CPU. The Stormin Pointers matched the Indians in the first quarter and led 10-8 after eight minutes.

That was their final advantage of the night.

The Indians got a spark from guard Will Hendricksen in the second quarter. The 5-foot-10 junior scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the period as Marion built a 38-20 lead at intermission.

“He’s capable of scoring in bunches,” Manderscheid said. “We fed off that tonight and we likely will at other times as the season goes along. I think the nice thing is that we just don’t have to rely on Will.”

Marion used a nine-man rotation throughout the game. Manderscheid said he gained more confidence in the group as the game went along, especially when CPU cut the lead to nine early in the fourth quarter.

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“I substituted a lot tonight based on trust,” he said. “As the game went along, I gained more and more trust in them. Our bench played big minutes, extended minutes in the third quarter and we continued to play well.”

Senior Trevor Paulsen, who finished with 14 points, hit some key baskets and foul shots in the fourth quarter for Marion. Senior Matthew Brase also had a solid floor game for Marion, finishing with 11 points.

Cody Westcott led CPU (1-1) with a game-high 16 points before fouling out late. Brandon Moore added 10 for the Stormin Pointers.

CENTER POINT-URBANA (46): Kole Tupa 3 2-2 8, Caleb Andrews 3 0-1 6, Ethan Sells 1 0-0 2, Cody Westcott 5 5-6 16, Brandon Moore 3 2-2 10, Jacob Metzen 0 0-0 0, Cameron Hasleiet 0 0-4 0, Brodie Breyer 0 0-0 0 , Logan Peterson 1 0-0 3, Alex Wade 0 1-2-1. Totals: 16 10-18 46.

MARION (60): Matthew Brase 3 2-2 10, Gage Franck 2 0-0 5, Trevor Paulsen 5 4-7 14, Will Hendricksen 6 1-1 15, Mason Rahe 2 0-2 4, Jaffer Murphy 2 0-0 5, Owen Puk 1 2-2 4, Austin Prier 0 0-0 0, Ju’Corey Higgins 1 0-0 2, Colton Clark 0 0-0 0, Austin Griest 0 0-0 0, Sam Finley 0 0-0 0, Brandon Whitson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 9-14 60.

Halftime: Marion 36, CPU 20. 3-point goals: CPU 4 (Moore 2, Westcott, Peterson), Marion 7 (Brase 3, Hendrickson 2, Franck, Murphy ). Total fouls: CPU 16, Marion 20. Fouled out: Westcott. Technical fouls: none.

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