The Marathon Olympians will look to defend their Sectional crown on Saturday after defeating Richfield Springs 53-32 in the Semi-Final round of the Section IV Class D Tournament.
It was a high paced and agressive game from the start. However, the Olympians took advantage of their height to get more rebounds and deflect passes.
“We had to play hard defense, because defense was going to win us the game,” said Marathon senior Owen Hoyt.
“We are really dialed in and we are focused on that (defense),” added Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “They know that they don’t go anywhere without it.”
Marathon’s defense quickly began to translate to their offense, as the Olympians found their rhythm in the middle of the first quarter. Marathon’s athletic ability showed, as they constantly drove in to the basket, and moved the ball at a fast pace to find the open shooter.
“We are definitely more of a drive to the basket type of team, because we have a lot of aggressive guards. But we all need to get guarded in the perimeter, because we can all shoot the ball well,” said Marathon senior Andrew Tillotson.
Marathon led 30-11 at the half. The Olympians didn’t let up, which led to their 21 point win.
Up next, the #1 seeded Olympians will take on #2 seed South Kortright in the Sectional Finals at SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, March 7th. The game will tip-off at 4pm.
It’s a great feeling to be back,” said Hoyt. “We are still hungry for it! It’s not like we were satisfied last year. We still want to win it.”
According to Coach Holland, the team will look to make some defensive adjustments. “They know the bullseye is there, but we just need to be relaxed and go play.”
Here is a highlight video of last night’s game along with some postgame interviews (all videos were produced by Chris Tarantino/Cortland Voice):