Boys basketball: Marquette, Westville roll into sectional semifinals
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent February 27, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 12:14PM
CULVER — Two decisive victories highlighted the action in the second night of play at the Class 1A Sectional 51 on Wednesday.
Michigan City Marquette capped the evening with a thorough 89-41 win over Oregon-Davis (4-17). The Blazers had an 11-point lead after one quarter, stretched the advantage to 21 by halftime and pulled ahead by 32 near the end of the third quarter.
“Offensively, I think we moved the ball as well as we have all year. We’re really starting to understand the concept of open-court transition offense and we looked good in it,” Marquette (17-5) coach Donovan Garletts said. “I’m a little concerned about half-court offense and half-court defense going forward because we’re going to keep playing better teams as we, hopefully, progress in the tournament.”
Four different Blazers ended the night in double figures, led by 19 points from Nathan Flores and 19 more points from JoVonte Peals, who added a game-high 12 rebounds to complete his double-double. Ryan Fazekas (17 points) and Jasmin Biberovic (15 points) also had big days on offense for Marquette.
The Blazers advanced to Friday night’s semifinal round where they will face Westville, which topped South Central 69-41 in the first game of the evening.
The Blackhawks (12-9) held a slim 14-13 lead after one quarter, but six points from Shawn Gerron in the second period helped Westville to a 29-20 lead by halftime.
South Central (3-17) narrowed the gap to six points early in the third quarter, but a triple from Collin Walker kick-started a 12-0 Blackhawks’ run that ultimately ended the Satellites’ season.
“I thought that if we kept it close, pretty soon the pressure would start to get to them,” said South Central coach Dan Warkentien, who added that the loss was his final game as the Satellites’ coach. “When we got within six points, I thought that would be the time. But they really weathered the storm and that was the end of it.”
Mike Grylewicz finished with 17 points for the Blackhawks to lead all scorers.