BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Despite mounting a comeback in the fourth quarter, the Marathon Olympians’ season ended in a loss to the Harrisville Pirates, 68-65, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) Class D Semifinals Saturday afternoon at Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton.
Harrisville opened the game on a 10-0 run and would maintain a lead over Marathon through four quarters. The Pirates’ defense forced 15 Marathon turnovers, while Harrisville only committed five turnovers throughout the game.
Trailing by eight points after three quarters, Marathon picked up the pace in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on missed free throws by several Pirates’ players. Despite repeatedly cutting the score to a one-possession game, Harrisville continued to remain aggressive and score in the paint.
Junior Diego Castellot led all Marathon scorers with 20 points on 3/8 from 3-point range and 4/9 from inside the arc. Junior Andrew Tillotson scored 17 points, going 5/5 from downtown, including several big buckets in the fourth quarter.
Senior Peyton Schmitt led the Pirates in scoring with 29 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Following the game, Marathon senior Elijah Teeter received the NYSPHAA Class D Sportsmanship Award, while Harrisville senior Scott Roberts received the same award for the Pirates.
Diego Castellot was awarded an All-Tournament Selection from the Basketball Coaches Association (Class D).
Harrisville will take on Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville in the NYSPHAA Class D Championship game on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton.