Brit Harris was in the driver’s seat for much of Marquette’s 85-50 Sectional 33 semifinal affair versus Whiting. The junior rattled off a career-high 34 points alongside eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals to guide the Blazers to yet another sectional championship berth. Sophomore Lukas Balling posted a gaudy 11-point, 19-rebound double-double in support. Harris and Balling were two of four Blazers to finish in double figures.
For Marquette, Saturday represents its ninth sectional title appearance in the last ten years.
Harris found the bottom of the net on two of his five three-pointers in the first quarter. Sophomore Gary Lewis added a field goal inside the arc and another beyond it as Marquette jaunted out to a 17-12 advantage heading to the second period.
Harris continued to guide the Blazers in the second quarter while Balling was the Teller to his Penn. Balling ended the half a free-throw shy of a double-double with nine points, 11 rebounds. Harris shepherded a 16-1 Blazer run with 12 points to create considerable separation by halftime.
Marquette led 42-18 at the break.
The Blazers resumed their dominance early in the second half as they registered 27 third-quarter points, 12 of which came out of the hand of Harris. Lewis contributed seven as all five starters scored.
The 69-36 score after three quarters allowed both coaches the opportunity to display its depth as Marquette coasted to the victory.
Harris’s 34 points paced all scorers. Junior Kaden Manna, who was effective on the offensive boards, finished with 12. Sophomore Jason Kobe filled up the stat sheet with four points, five assists, three steals, and five rebounds.
Lewis and Balling accounted for 12 and 11 points apiece. Balling’s 19 rebounds represented a team-high.
Marquette (16-9) will tussle Bowman Academy (10-12) Saturday night at 7 pm in Whiting for the Sectional 33 crown. The Blazers defeated the Koron Davis-less Eagles 82-62 back on January 19th at the Scholl Center.