Marquette Catholic trailed the 12th-ranked team out of Ohio 30-20 at halftime before assembling a spirited comeback capped off by a Colin Kenney game-winning runner with 1.3 seconds to play. The 57-56 Blazer victory boosted the team’s record to 8-3 heading into a four-game homestand beginning Saturday.
Kenney accounted for seven of Marquette’s first nine points Thursday afternoon. Harvest Prep’s 14-9 lead stretched to ten points at the break while Jake Tarnow, Karsen Grott, and Robert Bartholomew made their way into the scoring column for the Blazers.
Superior perimeter shooting enabled Marquette to take a big chunk out of the deficit in the third quarter. Grott landed a pair of threes, and Kenney and Joe Andershock both knocked down a trey to make it a 39-38 tilt heading into the fourth quarter.
It remained a one-possession game for the majority of the fourth period. Marquette trailed 56-55 with eight seconds left when a Harvest Prep turnover gave the Blazers the ball under their own basket. The Warriors had a foul to give – and used it to reset the play with 5.5 seconds to play. Kenney took the inbound pass in the corner, drove the baseline, and sank a floater with 1.3 seconds on the clock.
Harvest Prep’s half-court heave was well off the mark and Marquette escaped with its second win in as many days at Bishop Noll High School.
Andershock recorded seven in the final frame, finishing with 14 points on the night – 12 of which came in the second half. Eight of Kenney’s game-high 22 points came in the fourth quarter.
Kenney’s career points total climbed to 1,551 following Thursday’s performance. He currently sits 11 points back of Ryan Fazekas’ program record of 1,562 points scored.
Marquette (8-3) hosts Andrean Saturday afternoon at 3 pm.