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Markese McGuire # 34 Elkhart Memorial 2012-13 varsity basketball (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
McGuire hits 1,000, Penn hits on all cylinders
Posted on Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Markese McGuire got to 1,000 points quickly. Penn seized control of the game almost as quickly.

McGuire became the eighth 1,000-point scorer in Memorial boys basketball history Saturday night at North Side Gym when he scored his 12th point of the contest just 4:40 into the second quarter, but immediately on the heels of that moment came the moment that the Kingsmen went on an 8-0 run for a 38-24 advantage during an 85-50 victory.

In a game matching two teams moving in opposite directions, surging Penn (7-3) won its fourth straight, all the wins by at least 18 points, while the Crimson Chargers (4-6) dropped their fourth straight, all the losses by at least 16 points.

“They look pretty good to me,” Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer said of the Kingsmen, whose three losses this season have come by a combined nine points to clubs that are a combined 28-1, “but it’s hard to gauge right now because everybody we play is looking good and we’re kind of in a funk. We’re trying to figure out what we’re going to be able to do. We’re trying to get some more guys some experience.”

McGuire, bound for Illinois-Chicago after this season, finished with a game-high 24 points. He joined all-time leader Ross Hales (1,323) and ex-teammate Todd Johnson among others in the Charger 1,000-point club.

“Markese has had a great career, and he’s going to continue to have one,” Barnhizer said. “You’ve got to be happy for the kid. He’s put in his time, worked at it hard, and basketball’s important to him. I’m happy for him and proud of what he’s done.”

Notre Dame recruit Austin Torres paced Penn with 21 points and all players with 12 rebounds and six blocked shots.

The Kingsmen’s deep and balanced attack also included junior Cory Kreiger coming up with a career-high 15 points and three steals, while Conner Sowders (10), Billy Doslak (9) and Jordan Geist (9) divided 28 points almost evenly. Geist, a sophomore, also had four steals and three assists.

“We have wonderful team depth, we really do,” Penn coach Al Rhodes said, “especially at the guard position. They’re small guards, but they’re really good basketball players, and right now, they’re taking care of the basketball better and giving us really good execution (between) getting it inside to Austin and providing us good outside shooting.”

The Kingsmen shot 51 percent from the field to 35 percent for Memorial, and finished with just four turnovers to 18 for the Chargers.

“When you play 32 minutes and turn it over four times, that’s pretty impressive,” Barnhizer said. “I can’t remember the last time we played anybody who turned it over four times. And it came in a game that got kind of sloppy. That’s really impressive.”

Penn 85, Memorial 50

Penn — Austin Torres 10-16 1-5 21, Christian Wittendorf 1-5 2-2 4, Conner Sowders 3-5 3-3 10, Billy Doslak 2-4 4-6 9, Jordan Geist 2-5 5-5 9, Cory Kreiger 5-8 3-4 15, Nathan Miller 0-2 0-1 0, Ryan Lutz 2-5 0-0 6, Mikey Szrom 2-3 0-0 4, Isaiah Cook 1-1 1-2 3, Matt Chaffee 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Kimm 1-2 0-0 2, Camden Bohn 0-0 1-2 1, Taylor Brooks 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 29-57 (.509) 21-32 (.656) 85.

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 2-2 0-0 5, Spenser Gilbert 2-4 0-0 6, Michael O’Toole 2-5 0-0 4, Markese McGuire 9-25 4-5 24, James Hershberger 1-6 0-0 2, Cameron Maxwell 2-4 0-0 5, Evan Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Darien Williams 0-0 1-2 2, Jon Bailey 0-4 0-0 0, Jaylin Rhodes 0-1 3-4 3, Austin Miller 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 18-51 (.353) 8-13 (.615) 50.

Scoring By Quarters

Penn 26 18 21 20 — 85

Memorial 16 13 9 12 — 50

3-point goals: Penn (6-16) — Kreiger 2-3, Lutz 2-5, Doslak 1-2, Sowders 1-3; Memorial (6-18) — Gilbert 2-3, McGuire 2-8, Giger 1-1, Maxwell 1-3.

Rebounds: Penn (37) — Torres 12, Wittendorf 5, Doslak 5; Memorial (37) — Giger 7, McGuire 6, O’Toole 5.

Assists: Penn (15) — Miller 4, Geist 3; Memorial (8) — McGuire 2, Hershberger 2, Williams 2.

Steals: Penn (9) — Geist 4, Kreisger 3; Memorial (0).

Turnovers: Penn 4, Memorial 18.

Fouls: Penn 14, Memorial 23. Fouled out — Giger (4:54, 4th quarter).

Officials: Jim Weinberg, Dave Spencer, Bruce Wirick.

Records: Penn 7-3, Memorial 4-6.

Next: Memorial at Mishawaka Wednesday; SB Washington at Penn Friday.

JV: Penn 49, Memorial 32. Top scorers: Penn — Camden Bohn 14, Mark Burns 12; Memorial — Jaylin Rhodes 11, Mytchell Sellers 11. JV records: Penn 7-3, Memorial 4-6.