The Marion Giants, suffering from a myriad of injuries, have had some atypical struggles recently, losing five straight games after a 5-2 start to the season.
But on Tuesday evening at the Bill Green Athletic Arena, the Giants finally ended their losing streak, defeating longtime rival Anderson 75-62.
Eight players scored at least three points for the Giants, while four finished in double figures.
“I felt like we had a balanced attack,” Marion Head Coach James Blackmon said. “Everybody who stepped out on the floor contributed to the box score.”
Marion took an 18-9 lead after the first quarter and held that advantage the rest of the way by playing sound basketball on both ends of the floor.
“Tonight was a game we can go back [to], evaluate, and try to correct some things [for the future,] but at times, we played well in spurts,” Blackmon said. “I thought we did good things on both ends of the floor. We maintained the lead. Once they made a run, we were able to answer with offense, and the defense was able to make stops. Overall, I thought it was a good effort from a team standpoint.”
Matthew Goolsby led the way with 16 points, while Francesco Boniciolli collected 15, Rasheed Jones added 14, and Cubie Jones posted 12.
“It was good to see Francesco take shots with confidence. He’s been really working hard in practice,” Blackmon said. “It was good to see Matthew get it going, and Cubie came out early and gave us a spark early in the ball game with his quickness on the defensive end. Rasheed, he’s a threat every game, so it was good to have him back in the lineup.”