Marquette’s quest for an eighth sectional crown came up just short Saturday as the Blazers fell 70-58 to Bowman Academy at Whiting Memorial Gymnasium.
Sophomore Jason Kobe racked up a team-best 20 points. Junior Kaden Manna scored 10 to finish in double figures for the 19th time this year.
The shots didn’t fall for Marquette in the early-going Saturday. Bowman assembled a 10-0 game-opening run before Manna went to work in the post. He tossed in back-to-back buckets while Kobe tallied five points. A Connor Bakota layup beat the first-quarter buzzer to pull the Blazers within 20-11 after eight minutes.
Manna was up to 10 points before halftime as he danced around foul trouble. Junior Brit Harris hit a pair of treys in the second period to help close the margin to 36-31 at the half.
The Blazers made it a two-point game twice in the third quarter, but they never completely erased the deficit.
Armed with a 46-40 cushion to start the fourth quarter, Bowman slowed down the pace considerably. Kobe kept Marquette alive with a pair of threes. Sophomore Gary Lewis recorded five fourth-quarter points, and classmate Lukas Balling registered four of his eight points in the final frame.
The Eagles kept the Blazers at arm’s length down the stretch by virtue of 9-of-10 free-throw shooting. Bowman Academy’s Koron Davis ended with a game-high 33 points, including a 10-for-10 mark from the charity stripe.
Saturday marked the ninth time in the last ten years that the Blazers played for a sectional championship. With the loss, Marquette will return to the Class A bracket for the 2021-22 IHSAA tournament.
Marquette concludes the season with a 16-10 record, an eight-win improvement over last year’s squad. The program graduates one senior: Oz Brooks. Marquette Athletics congratulates Brooks for his commitment and work ethic.