Yesterday, the Marathon boys and girls basketball teams defeated Southern Cayuga in close games. The boys played at home, while the girls played on the road.
Marathon Girls Basketball vs. Southern Cayuga
The Marathon Olympians traveled on a snowy day looking to keep their four game winning streak alive at Southern Cayuga.
It was a back and forth battle that wouldn’t be settled until the final buzzer.
“Southern Cayuga is always a well coached, good rebounding team and they were again today,” said Marathon Head coach Andrew Pierce.
The low scoring affair saw Marathon take a 17-10 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same with Southern Cayuga closing the gap by outscoring Marathon 9-12.
“Our defense did a good job, but our defensive rebounding is not happening,” said Coach Pierce. “They had multiple looks on most of their possessions.”
Southern Cayuga outscored the Olympians again in the fourth quarter, but Marathon would hang on to end the game with a 36-35 victory. Marathon had the ball in the final seconds, but turned it over giving Southern Cayuga one final shot that just fell short.
The Olympians were led by Brooke Tillotson with 22 points and Madison Clark with 10 points.
Up next, Marathon (5-0) will be taking on Southern Cayuga at home on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30pm.
Marathon Boys Basketball vs. Southern Cayuga
It was a clash of IAC foes both coming into the game at 3-1 on the season, and Marathon was able to pull off the home court win (60-56) over Southern Cayuga behind 33 points from sophomore point guard Conor Holland.
Southern Cayuga came out pounding the ball inside as Jackson Otis and Steven Sherman both had 10 points each to lead the Chiefs into the half with a 28-34 lead over the Marathon Olympians.
In the second half, Southern Cayuga continued to maintain the lead as Otis added eight more points in the third quarter. Marathon was able to cut the lead by two, with Joe Hulbert connecting on two 3-pointers.
In the final quarter, Conor Holland took the game over scoring 13 of the Olympians’ 15 points; helping to lead the comeback win for Marathon.
“I really thought we scrapped hard tonight and played outstanding team defense,” said Marathon Head Coach Jim Holland. “Cayuga is a very efficient scoring team; and until the guys decided to lock down together on defense, the Chiefs were having their way.”
“Obviously Holland (Conor) played well, as he is a luxury to have, but the team's defense showed how "TEAM" wins games,” added Coach Jim Holland.
Following Conor Holland’s 33 points were Joseph Hulbert with nine points and Trentin Ensign with eight points to lead the Olympians.
Southern Cayuga was led by Jackson Otis with 20 points on the night.
Up next the Marathon Olympians (4-1) will travel to take on Southern Cayuga once again on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30pm.