Marathon boys defeat Margaretville & move on to the Sectional Semi-Finals

(Photo provided by Chris Tarantino/Cortland Voice).

The gym was packed at Marathon High School Friday night, as the #1 seeded Olympians defeated #9 seed Margaretville 76-31 in order to advance to the Section IV Class D Semi-Finals. This was the Olympians’ last home game of the season. 

It was a slow start for Marathon, as they were not able to knock down their first few shots in the opening quarter. However, everything changed after a time-out taken by Margaretville. 

“When their (Margaretville) coach called a time out, I told them ‘defensive mentality’, and what they had to do defensively to help each other,” said Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “Diego then said ‘no more points’, and they went on a tear. They know from soccer that defense wins championships, so they buckled down.” 

The Olympians went on a big run after the time out, with Kenyon DePuy becoming a force on the paint, and Diego Castellot showing why he was this year's IAC North Small School MVP. Castellot scored 22 points in the half, and had multiple steals with Marathon’s full-court and mid-court press. 

“We were nervous at first because of the big crowd. After we settled down, we went back to play our game,” said Castellot. “It all had to do with us wanting to hold them low scoring,” added DePuy

Marathon led 41-12 at the half, after holding Margaretville to two points in the second quarter (while scoring 24 themselves).

In the second half, Marathon continued to excel on both sides of the court by taking advantage of their athletic ability. They were moving the ball well, with guards constantly making cuts to the hoop and forwards getting themselves open in the low and high posts. 

Castellot led the Olympians with 32 points on the night. Andrew Tillotson had 12, while Owen Hoyt scored 11. 

Up next, the Olympians will be looking to defend their Sectional title, as they will be playing #4 seed Richfield Springs in the Semi-Final round of the Section IV Class D tournament at SUNY Oneonta on March 3rd. Tip-off starts at 6pm. 

Here are some more photos of last night's game (All photos are provided by Dionne DePuy):

A game highlight video and postgame interviews will be coming out later in the day. Stay tune!