Slow start bites Marian against Marmion

WOODSTOCK – A clear lesson emerged Friday in Marian Central’s loss to Marmion.

Make too many mistakes early, and a good chance exists that you’ll regret them later.

That’s what happened as Marmion jumped out to a 17-2 lead to start the game and held on for a 68-57 win in Suburban Christian Conference action. The Hurricanes (9-14, 2-3 SCC) sliced the deficit to one point in the second quarter but could not overcome their early struggles against the Cadets (10-11, 3-2 SCC).

Marian Central coach Curtis Price said his team’s cold start on offense affected its defense.

“You can’t bury yourself like that,” Price said. “We can’t come out and miss easy shots. We missed easy shots and we got frustrated, and instead of us moving on to the next defensive series, we thought about that miss and we didn’t get back in our transition defense enough.”

The Hurricanes hung tough thanks in large part to the backcourt tandem of Adam Pischke (18 points) and Derreck Caldez (10 points), whose 3-point basket late in the second quarter cut Marmion’s lead to 24-23. Also helping Marian was forward Nick Waytula, who came off of the bench to score 13 points, plus six points apiece from Ben Schnepf and Matt Ricchuito.

“I liked the fact that Waytula came off of the bench and gave us a lot of energy,” Price said. “I like the fact that even though we got down 17-2, we didn’t quit. We kept fighting back.

“Even in the third and fourth quarters when we couldn’t make a shot and we couldn’t get anything going, we never gave up. Hopefully, the next game, these shots will fall. If we make those shots early on, who knows where this game is at?”

Waytula said he and his teammates would bounce back from a difficult loss.

“I definitely like where this team is at,” Waytula said. “We’ve made a huge progression from the beginning of the season, and I expect to finish strong for the rest of the season.”

Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said he was proud of his group’s effort against a physical Marian team. The Cadets were led in scoring by senior guard Michael Sheehan, who hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points.

“We know Marian’s a good team and they’re not going to quit,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “They hit some big shots as well, and it was just a matter of calming down and not giving possessions away.”

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