This past Friday, the Marian Knights ended their Regular Season with a 70-47 win over the Washington Panthers on the road. The boys returned to Washington High School last night to play the same Panther team, or so we thought.
Washington played inspired basketball and led by as many as ten points several times in the second half. A furious 4th quarter rally allowed the Knights to cut the deficit to 44-40 with two minutes left in the game. Zach Lattimer, who led the Knights with 14 points, drilled a deep 3-pointer to make it a 44-43 ball game. A free throw by Mike Hemingway, who finished with 7 points and sits at 997 career points, tied the game at 44 and forced overtime.
In the extra period, the Knights trailed 45-44 when Kyron King hit a floater on the baseline to give the Knights the one point advantage with 90 seconds left. After Washington regained the lead, Coley Quinn, who scored 12 points on the night, hit what proved to be the winning bucket with 25 seconds left to claim a 48-47 lead. On the ensuing defensive possession, Hemingway and King combined to get a big steal that led to a pair of Lattimer free throws to seal the game and allow the Knights to claim a 50-47 victory.
With the win, Marian improves to 20-3 on the season and will take on John Glenn (13-8) on Friday night at 6:00 at Washington High School. Back on December 14th, Glenn defeated the Knights 49-48. Friday, our boys will be looking to avenge one of their three losses all year!
Having secured their 20th victory of the season, this team joins rare company by becoming just the 4th team in program history to record 20 wins in a season. All teams that have accomplished this feat have been coached by Robb Berger who has compiled a record of 139-48 (almost a .750 winning percentage) since his return to Marian prior to the 2010-11 season. In total, coach has been at Marian for 11 seasons with only one losing record (10-11 in 1997-98) and six of those seasons saw him win 16 or more games. Other than those six seasons with Berger at the helm, Marian has had one other year in which they won more than 16 games (19 wins in 1982-83).