After a string of solid performances in their last four games, all wins, the Marion Giants’ modest win streak was snapped last Tuesday night, as they fell behind early and failed to recover in a 84-64 loss to the Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian Braves.
The Braves took control of the contest early, taking a 12-point lead after the first eight minutes of play.
“They got off to a good start early, and we played catch-up all night long,” Marion Head Coach James Blackmon said. “We came out tonight and tried a triangle and two, and they actually got good looks off of it early. When they got the lead, it was an uphill battle from there.”
Though the game was much closer through the next two quarters, the Giants were unable to close the gap, and a 24-point final frame for the Blackhawk helped them secure the 20-point victory.
While it was a disappointing performance, Marion senior JK Thomas continues to play well. He led the Giants with 28 points, and his leadership has been unquestioned in the Giants’ recent success.
“He just competes every game,” Blackmon said. “He goes out and plays hard, and the guys are rallying hard behind his effort.”
Rasheed Jones scored 12 points, while Josh Balfour added nine and Rodney Gipson collected six.