Marquette Catholic proved its regular-season victory over Winamac was no fluke Friday night as the Blazers rolled to a 66-40 triumph versus the Warriors in the semifinals of Sectional 34.
Juniors Colin Kenney and Joe Andershock paced Marquette with 19 and 18 points, respectively, while senior Buddy Jaffee dropped in 14.
The Blazers owned a 17-9 first-quarter lead after all three of the aforementioned trio accounted for a trey in the first eight minutes. As a team, Marquette finished with nine three-pointers on the night.
Winamac kept it a two-possession game well into the second period before Marquette went back to the three-ball to separate itself. Jaffee and Kenney both hit two triples in the frame to bloat the Blazer margin to 35-15 at halftime.
Kenney had 13 at the break, Jaffee recorded 11, and Andershock amassed nine.
The Blazers didn’t let up in the third quarter as Winamac’s offense came to life. Andershock scored nine in the period, and senior Chandler Goodwin logged six of his nine points in the third.
Marquette went on to post a 66-40 win, its second over the Warriors in the last five weeks. The Blazers clipped Winamac 67-44 at the Scholl Center back on Jan. 27th.
Marquette (12-14) will play for its fifth straight sectional title Saturday evening. The host Hawks welcome the Blazers to Hebron at 6 pm.