After a close game down the stretch, the Marathon Olympians were able to pull off a 66-60 win over Bridgehampton, winning the regional finals and advancing to the state semi-finals.
Both teams were going back and forth throughout the whole game, knocking down shots and attacking the rim whenever they could. As defenses were on point, applying much pressure and barely leaving space for an open shot.
Being a tied game (29-29) at the end of the first half, Marathon and Bridgehampton increased the intensity coming into the second half.
Even with an outstanding defense of intensity from Bridgehampton, the Olympians were able to set up screens and move the ball well enough to find an open shot, move it down the paint or drive in.
Marathon's Diego Castellot led the Olympians scoring a total of 28 points. Most of them coming from driving into the basket and 18 of them coming on the second half. Catellot was on fire creating shots for himself and his teammates.
“We spread the ball well, everybody on the team can drive in, which opens up the paint and therefore making all of us a threat,” said Castellot. “Screening is a main part of our offense, creating open shots and space for us to drive in.”
By the end of the third quarter Castellot hit two back to back long range three pointers, giving the Olympians a five point lead and hyping up the crowd.
Owen Hoyt followed Castellot scoring a total of 14 points while fellow teammate, Andrew Tillotson had a total of 10 points. They were both clutch hitting free-throws down the stretch to secure their win.
JP Harding led the Killer Bees also scoring a total of 28 points. He was dominating the Olympians down in the paint, getting offensive rebounds and forcing his way in, attacking the rim.
“Harding killed us tonight,” said Marathon head coach, Jim Holland. “We did a better job in the fourth quarter with Harding, limiting his touches better. I thought Andrew did a good job with that.”
Being a rookie team at the big stage, Marathon is giving a name to themselves.
“We talked about the hype beforehand, and I said that we can’t let it get to us, we just have to play our game and attack,” said Holland. “In the first half, we ran our four man subs off the bench and they did a super job. I have told Diego that nobody can’t stop him whenever he gets to his zone. Unlike some of our other games, tonight we didn't have the big lead and I think we played well having a small lead by the end, showing a lot of composure.”
Marathon will play their state semifinals game against Section X Champions Harrisville at Floyd. L. Maines Arena on Saturday, March 16, at 2:30 pm.