MARENGO – Marengo knew it needed a win Friday night to keep its chances of a Big Northern Conference East Division title alive. The Indians took care of their part, beating Harvard, 58-35.
After a slow start from both teams, Marengo opened up the game in the second quarter, taking a 28-16 lead into halftime.
“We knew we had to take care of business on our court, on our senior night,” said Marengo coach Will Benson. “We weren’t concerned about any other teams and what they were doing. We needed to play a good game tonight, and we got it from our guys.”
Sophomore Zach Knobloch led the way for the Indians (19-10, 9-3 BNC East), hitting a game-high four 3-pointers. Seniors Adam Rogutich and Andrew Volkening added 10 and 6 points, respectively.
“Everyone contributed tonight,” Volkening said after the game. “It was cool to see everyone get in the game, and we had a lot more people help contribute tonight.”
Those scoring contributions came from ten different Marengo players, and all fifteen dressed players entered the game for the Indians.
“We wanted to get everyone in the game once the lead got a little bigger,” Benton said. “Another huge part of that was getting our seniors to get subbed out for the final time and celebrate their careers. I’m happy for these guys.”
Harvard (11-18, 4-8) never led, and was only able to get as close as nine in the second half.
“They were able to make shots and we weren’t,” Harvard coach Donnie Nolen said. “You aren’t going to win too many games when you score 35 points. Marengo has a lot of guys that can make plays and a bunch of them beat us tonight.”
The Hornets were led by Fernando Carrera, who finished with 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer at the beginning of the second half to cut Marengo’s lead to 28-19.
After that basket, Marengo went on a 14-3 run, boosted by back-to-back threes from junior guard Weston Shepard. The biggest lead Marengo had was the final margin, when senior Noah Klick made a free-throw before his final departure off the Indians’ floor.
Both teams will play their next games in the IHSA Class 3A Woodstock Regional. Marengo will be the top-seed, taking on the winner of Woodstock and Woodstock North. Harvard, the six-seed, will face Marian Central, looking to advance to play Hampshire.