Marquette’s three-point shooting continued to shine Saturday night as the Blazers cashed in on six of its 11 attempts from beyond the arc in a 58-54 win over host Hebron in the Sectional 34 championship. The triumph represented the program’s fifth consecutive sectional title.
Junior Colin Kenney implored the Blazers to victory with 25 points (6-11 2 FG, 2-4 3 FG, 7-7 FT). Classmate Joe Andershock also finished in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.
The Blazer defense stood out in the first quarter as Hebron was unable to put a shot up to the rim until three minutes in. Meanwhile, Andershock accounted for six early points, and Kenney and sophomore Jake Tarnow both canned triples to help Marquette to a 16-6 lead after eight minutes.
The Hawks fought back in the second quarter, cutting the margin to six points. However, Tarnow and Buddy Jaffee nailed three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to bloat the lead to 12, the largest of the evening.
Hebron closed the half on a 14-6 run to make it a 30-24 game at the intermission.
Kenney dropped in seven points in the third while Andershock added six to keep Marquette ahead heading into the final frame.
The Hawks gave it everything they had in the fourth quarter. The Blazers saw their lead dwindle to as few as two points with 1:27 to play, but they went 8-for-10 from the foul line in the final period to secure the 58-54 win.
Marquette wrapped up the three-game sectional with a 23-for-48 (.479) line from beyond the arc.
The Blazers (13-14) advance to next Saturday’s IHSAA North Judson Regional where they’ll face Andrean at 10 am CT. The winner will face the victor of Westview/Fort Wayne Canterbury at 8 pm.