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Memorial roars back only to fall short against Marquette

Memorial loses fifth game of 2013-14 by six points or less.

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 12:12 a.m. | Updated on March 1, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

ELKHART — The finish was better than the start for Elkhart Memorial Friday, Feb. 28, at North Side Gym.

The Crimson Chargers just ran out of time in a boys basketball regular-season finale against the strong Michigan City Marquette Blazers.

Marquette beat Memorial 63-61 after watching a 17-point lead near the end of the first half shrink to four with 2:35 to go in the game.

"We actually played better defense in the second half and we started making some shots that we had missed in the first half," said Chargers coach Mark Barnhizer after his team's fifth 2013-14 loss of six points or less. "Our energy level went up in the second half."

Memorial (8-12) cut the gap to 57-53 with two free throws by senior Tra'Vion Qualls, which scored seven of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Then came what Barnhizer called the "biggest possession of the game."

Ryan Fazekas, Marquette's 6-foot-8 Providence College senior guard-forward, beat the Chargers to a rebound, got fouled and converted on the three-point play that helped lead to the victory.

Four Blazers — sophomore Nathan Flores (14 points), junior Braxton Miller (12), sophomore JaVonte Peals (11) and Fazekas (10) — scored in double figures.

Junior Dimitri Giger netted most of his 15 points in the second half and junior Cameron Maxwell netted 10 points. Qualls and Maxwell had two 3-pointers apiece.

Among the lessons learned by Memorial were not too take an opponent lightly and get off to a better start.

"We have to come out and not let teams jump on us early and take our will away," said Barnhizer. "(Marquette) jumped on us early. I don't think our guys realized how good a team we were playing.

"They are very athletic. They've got players. We didn't lose to a bad team. That team is as good as anyone in our sectional. It's a really good game to get to play before sectional."

Marquette heads to the Class 1A Morgan Sectional on a six-game win streak.

MC Marquette 63, Elkhart Memorial 61

Marquette — Tyshaun Smallwood 3-6 0-0 6, Nathan Flores 5-11 3-3 14, Ryan Fazekas 3-18 4-5 10, Richard Mitchell 3-9 2-2 8, Braxton Miller 4-8 0-0 12, JaVonte Peals 5-6 1-5 11, Kyren Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Malcolm Reed 1-2 0-0 2, Cameron Hall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 24-61 (.393) 10-15 (.666) 63.

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 7-15 1-3 15, Tra'vion Qualls 8-18 4-5 22, Rashad Murphy 1-2 0-0, Austin Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Tyler Rose 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Maxwell 4-12 0-0 10, A.J. Gary 3-8 0-0 7, Deante Dalton 1-2 1-2 3. Totals: 25-58 (.431) 6-10 (.600) 61.

Scoring By Quarters

Marquette — 20 18 13 12 — 63

Memorial — 10 16 14 21 — 61

3-point goals: Marquette (5-23) — B. Miller 4-8, Flores 1-6; Memorial (5-16) — Maxwell 2-4, Qualls 2-6, Gary 1-4.

Rebounds: Marquette (45) — Fazekas 9; Memorial (35) — Qualls 7.

Assists: Marquette (5) — Fazekas 3; Memorial (9) — Maxwell 3, Dalton 3.

Turnovers: Marquette 13, Memorial 12.

Total fouls: Marquette 12, Memorial 12. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Kim Curry, Richard Gumm, John Smith Jr.

Records: Marquette 14-6, Memorial 8-12.

Next: Memorial vs. Concord 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in Class 4A Elkhart Sectional at North Side Gym; Marquette vs. Covenant Christian/Washington Township winner Friday, March 7 in semifinals of Class 1A Morgan Township Sectional.

JV: Marquette 49, Memorial 48. Top scorers: Marquette — Kyren Miller 25, Cortland Gillespie 9; Memorial — Jon Bailey 13, Deante Dalton 10, Mikal McGuire 10, A.J. Gary 6. JV record: Memorial 13-7.




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