Video: Slow start costs Marian Central

WOODSTOCK – All the excitement Marian Central carried with its three-game winning streak into Friday’s game was wiped out in the first two minutes by IC Catholic.

The Knights made their first four field goal attempts; Marian stumbled with three turnovers and two missed shots, all of which propelled IC to a 19-point first-quarter lead.

By the time the Hurricanes started hitting shots and held onto the ball, the hole was too large, and IC cruised to a 74-59 boys basketball victory in their Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division opener.

The Hurricanes agreed that problem was simple to pinpoint, but difficult to understand.

“It’s an intensity thing. We came out really sluggish, soft,” Marian forward Quinn Haley said. “We weren’t mentally prepared enough to play a basketball game on our home court. This is something we have to work through and get a feel for how to fix it.”

Haley sparked the Hurricanes (3-3 overall, 0-1 SCC Gold) in the second quarter with six of his team-high 10 points. The closest Marian could get the rest of the game was 10 points.

“You can’t explain it, for some reason we came out extremely flat,” Hurricanes coach Curtis Price said. “You can’t spot a team 20-1. I didn’t feel the energy before that I felt in previous games, but I thought when the ball went up we’d be able to bounce back. We never really got the emotional charge we needed.”

Marian was trying to equal its win total from last season with a victory, but the Knights (4-1, 1-0) never gave the Hurricanes that chance. Rhashaun Epting, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, scored 23 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, while sophomore guard Troy Burrows finished the night with 52 points (28 in the sophomore game and a team-high 24 in the varsity).

“Troy had a great two-game night,” IC coach T.J. Tyrrell said. “That was his first sophomore game, he played at Thanksgiving with the varsity and did a nice job with role minutes. That sophomore game really gave him confidence and he started looking for his shot.”

Marian cut the lead to 36-24 by halftime, but Epting scored 16 of his total in the second half to help maintain the margin.

“The main thing’s intensity, we didn’t come out with it,” Hurricanes guard Wyatt Lindell said. “I’ll take blame for that because I’m supposed to be an intensity guy. I’m positive it’s a one-time thing. We’re not going to let this happen again. I’m not going through the same thing [a 4-24 record] I went through last year.”