It was a close game between the leaders of the IAC North Small School division (Marathon) and the IAC South Small School division (Newfield), as the Marathon Olympians fell 40-46.
It was a back and forth affair with neither team being able to pull away by more than two baskets throughout the course of the game.
The opening quarter had a slow start to it, as both teams would have trouble scoring. Newfield lead by two (24-26) at the half.
“We were supposed to rebound the ball better,” said Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “We got out-rebounded. We also talked about making foul shots, and we missed a lot of them. So that was the key to the game.”
Marathon ended up making 40 percent of their free throws (6 out of 15) compared to Newfield's 61.5 percent (8 out of 13).
With the game tied 29-29 four minutes into the third quarter, Marathon senior Andrew Tillotson made a three pointer to give the Olympians some momentum. Kenyon DePuy was then quick to get two points and Diego Castellot would follow by hitting another three pointer.
Marathon had a five point lead (36-31) going into the fourth quarter, but Newfield would rally to get the win. Being down by three with just seconds left in the game, the Olympians were forced to foul. Newfield ended up hitting three of their four free throws to end the game 40-46.
“This was one of our worst games,” said Coach Holland. “The effort was there, but we just did not play well. We are home again next week, so that is a bonus. It’s going to be hard to get this venue back, especially after a huge Friday night game. We got 24 hours to talk about it. After that, it’s time to revamp and go.”
The Olympians (8-2 overall) will host Newark Valley on Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m.
Here is a highlight video of last night's game: