The Marion Giants are heading home for the regional round.
Behind a big, game-opening scoring run, and a 19-2 surge between the second and third quarters, the Giants won their 69th sectional championship in school history, defeating the Heritage Patriots by a score a 66-40 on Saturday evening in the sectional 23 final.
Behind some stellar shooting from JK Thomas and Jalen Blackmon, who each hit two triples in the early stages of the contest, the Giants scored the first 19 points of the contest en route to a 19-7 first quarter lead.
The Patriot clawed their way back, scoring 15 straight points to make it a 26-20 Marion lead with two minutes to play in the first half. But the Giants had the answer, outscoring the Patriot 11-2 run the rest of the quarter to grab a 35-22 advantage at halftime.
Marion scored the first eight points of the second half, putting the game out of reach and ultimately securing their second straight sectional title.
Blackmon led the Giants with 20 points, while Quran Howard finished with 19 and freshman Rasheed Jones collected 10.