On Saturday night, the Marion Giants’ free fall continued, as they dropped their third straight contest in an 80-65 loss to Fort Wayne South Side.
After a close first quarter, the Giants led 17-16, but the Archers began to find their offensive groove, building a 38-29 advantage at halftime.
“South Side came off a tough loss against Homestead the other night, and they came out motivated,” Marion Head Coach James Blackmon said. “They had a little more energy than we did on both ends of the court. I thought we played well in spurts…but then we’d allow those guys to go on a quick run.”
The Archers carried their lead into the second half, and did not relinquish it, securing the 15-point victory.
With star point guard Jalen Blackmon out, the Giants’ lineup was much different, and because of that, there were times where a lack of cohesion was evident.
With the second half of the season fully underway, creating cohesion is something that Blackmon and the Giants will continue to focus on.
“When you lose your point guard, it’s almost like losing your quarterback,” Blackmon said. “We just have to figure out our continuity and get that flow as far as running our offense. The times that we moved the ball and controlled the tempo of the ball game, we found ourselves with a two or four point lead. The times that we allowed [them] to get up and down, get quick shots, and rush us into quick shots, we found ourselves behind.”
JK Thomas led the Giants with 38 points, while Rasheed Jones scored 15.
Marion will travel to Indianapolis this coming Friday to take on the Arsenal Tech Titans in a conference matchup.
“We have to do better at our half-court offense as far as not turning the ball over and getting our bigs involved,” Blackmon said. “We have to get those guys more touches, we have to get to the foul line, and control the tempo.”