February 22, 2014
Section 4 basketball: Marathon has upset bid denied
SOUTHPORT — Marathon Central boys had the momentum heading into the halftime locker room, but the whole season came crashing down when the roof collapsed in the third quarter of Friday’s Section 4 Class C quarterfinal basketball game.
Elmira Notre Dame scored 23 points in the third quarter while limiting the ninth-seeded Olympians to just five. The top-seed Crusaders (18-1) coasted to a 74-52 victory.
Notre Dame will host fourth-seed Watkins Glen (14-5) in the semifinals Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Senecas downed fifth-seed Lansing (13-6) 38-27 Friday.
The other 7 p.m. Class C semifinal will feature a rematch of the IAC Overall Small School Championship. Second-seed Moravia (17-1) will host third-seed Newfield (16-2) Tuesday. The Blue Devils stomped 10th-seed Spencer-Van Etten 82-31 Friday while the Trojans defeated sixth-seed Unadilla Valley 60-45.
“We played a great first half,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said, whose team captured the Class D sectional title just a year ago before being moved up in classification. “We had some momentum building, but we lost that in the third quarter. Notre Dame is a good team and they started heating up. We started making turnovers and then we began to panic even more as Notre Dame increased its lead. We really lost our composure in that quarter
“Notre Dame is a really good team,” he added.”They have a good amount of talent and they proved they were the better team tonight.”
Dan Lincoln scored 15 points to lead Marathon. Zack Brandstadt added 14 points to the Olympians’ total while Tyler Hoellerer and Matt Tebbe each contributed 10 points.
Notre Dame tried to put the game away quickly, racing to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter. Marathon fought back with a 17-14 edge to trailed 26-19 after one quarter.The Olympians kept building momentum and outscored its host 17-12 in the second quarter to trail 38-36 at the intermission.
Not much went right for Marathon in that fateful third quarter. Notre Dame built a 61-41 cushion by the end of the quarter and rolled through the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals.
Jonas McCaig was the surprise weapon as he poured in 19 points for the Crusaders. Darius Garvin pitched in with 16 points and Derick Marshall netted 14 points for Notre Dame.
CORTLAND HIGH boys face an old familiar foe in this afternoon’s Section 3 Class A semifinals, taking on Jamesville-DeWitt at 4:45 p.m. at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga CC campus in Syracuse. J-D knocked off CHS twice in OHSL Freedom Division play during the regular season.
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