Tonight at 6:00 the Marian Knights will be looking to advance to the Semi-Finals in what is arguably the best Sectional in the state of Indiana, regardless of class. According to the John Harrell website, this Sectional has the 7th highest winning percentage when combining the record of all teams participating.
With all but one team having secured ten wins for the season, there are very few games in the tournament that won’t be very competitive. One of the most competitive games could be tonight when Marian travels back to Washington for the second time in four days. The Knights defeated the Washington Panthers on Friday 70-47 in a game that Marian played extremely well from the opening tip in building a 37-17 lead at the half on its way to shooting 25-44 from the field for the game.
Marian was led by their Senior back court of Michael Hemingway and Zach Lattimer as both poured in 23 points. Lattimer hit seven of ten from 3-point range to continue his record breaking career from beyond the arc. Having broke the career record for 3-pointers made against Penn, Zach continues to add to the new total with 211. Hemingway is closing in on something that has only been done three other times in Marian Boys Basketball history. Currently sitting on 990 points for his career, Mike will attempt to join B.J. Kloska, Demetrius Jackson, and Devin Cannady in the 1,000 point club with ten points tonight.
If the Knights are able to defeat the Panthers for the 2nd time in less than a week, they will need these two Seniors to continue their terrific play as well as having Sophomore Jaden Ivey (13.6 ppg) continue to add a third scoring threat to the offensive arsenal. Junior Coley Quinn leads the team in rebounds (5.3) and will be expected to repeat his performance from Friday when he grabbed ten! Solid efforts from Kyron King, R.J. Decker, Jake Bishop, and Jerry Bracey will only help Marian advance tonight, giving them its 4th – 20 win season in program history (all under Head Coach Robb Berger).