By: Logan Hanson
The #2 Benedictine Men’s basketball team defeated Marian 91-82 in the NACC tournament semifinal game at the Dan and Ada Rice Center last Friday night. The victory marked the team’s 26th win of the season and allows the team to play for the NACC championship Sunday at home.
“Credit Marian for playing a great game,” said Head Coach, Keith Bunkenburg. “It was a great game and we played well enough to win in the second half. We had some adversity and we handled it well. I am proud of our team.”
The game started off slowly for both teams as it took two minutes for a team to get on the board. It was a very slow start for the Eagles as they trailed early in the game 13-7 after Marian hit a three pointer with 12:52 left in the half.
Benedictine, who trailed for most of the first half, did not tie the game until Michael Blaszczyk hit a three pointer with 4:14 in the first half to tie the game at 33-33. The Eagles went into the half trailing 43-39, only the third time the Eagles have trailed at the half all season.
The Eagles rallied in the second half, after Marian started off the half on a 6-0, with a barrage of scoring to give the team a 50-49 lead, their first of the game. The Eagles continued the hot scoring during the 14-0 run which was capped with a layup by Tim Reamer with 13:07 left in the half to give the Eagles a 55-49 lead.
The Eagles didn’t trail behind in the contest again after the run and finished the game on a 5-0 run to defeat Marian 91-82. Junior Tahron Harvey scored 21 points and Senior Luke Johnson who made 20 points in this conference.
“It was a solid win for us,” said Harvey, “We started out slow in the first half, but everyone kicked it up on defense and offense in the second half and that’s how we got the win.”
The Eagles will play their next game Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Rice Center against MSOE. The game will determine the winner of the NACC tournament and conference champion.