Coming off of their much-needed NCC triumph over Anderson, the Marion Giants could not keep their momentum going in Saturday’s tilt with Lafayette Jefferson, as they were defeated by a score of 86-73.
With the loss, Marion fell to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
The Brochos took a 22-17 lead after the first quarter, before extending their lead to 50-28 after a 28-11 run closed out the opening half.
“I thought we definitely learned a lot tonight as far as detail,” Marion Head Coach James Blackmon said. “In the first quarter, we were pretty solid on defense, but I thought in the second quarter when the shots didn’t go down, and when you have a team like Lafayette who is capable of four or five guys really scoring well, I thought [the Bronchos] played their best quarter. When they went on a 28-11 run, that kind of knocked the wind out of us.”
The Giants played much better basketball in the second half, closing the Jeff lead to nine points with 1:37 to go, but they would get any closer.
Despite the loss, Blackmon was pleased with how his kids responded in the final two quarters.
“I give credit to our guys in the second half,” Blackmon said. “I thought we chipped away. We made defensive stops. And guys kept playing. We made some improvements, and that’s all I can ask for. There are a lot of things we can correct [from] that second quarter, and offensively, when we moved the ball, we were really explosive. That is something we will continue to work on, and we will continue to get better.”
JK Thomas led the Giants with 26 points, RaSheed Jones finished with 14, and Francesco Boniciolli added12.