JERSEYVILLE – Shandon Boone of the Marquette Catholic High boys’ basketball team shot everything he had in his power-packed arsenal Wednesday.
Yet his firepower, producing a game-best 20 points, wasn’t enough to save the Explorers in the continuing Jersey Tournament at Havens Gym.
Collinsville slogged its way to a 41-33 win over Marquette and moved closer to the tourney title. If the Kahoks can defeat Quincy Notre Dame on Friday, they’ll clinch it. Collinsville, 12-8 overall, is 3-0 in the six-team tourney. Marquette is 13-7 and 0-3 at Jersey.
“It was a grinder of a game because they (Explorers) were patient,” Kahoks’ coach Darin Lee said. And that Boone is a really good player.”
Boone, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, connected on 7 of 16 shots, including four treys, to keep Marquette in the hunt for a victory. He scored eight consecutive points in the third quarter to shove the Explorers in front 28-26 with 3:26 remaining in the period.
However, the Explorers then went 10.5 minutes without scoring again and netted just five points – all by Boone – in the last minute of the fourth quarter. Collinsville, which forged ahead 35-28 until the closing 49 seconds, thus dodged a bullet.
“If we compete the rest of the season like we did tonight, I’ll be happy with it,” Marquette coach Steve Medford said. “We’ll have a good season.”
Lee finally got the Kahoks to put the brakes on Boone in the fourth quarter when he had 5-11 senior Anfirnee Wilkinson hound him in a box-and-one defense.
“We needed to do that and we probably should have done it the whole game,” Lee said. “They were trying to hold onto the ball, keep the game close and they did that.”
Medford added, “Boone had a great game and we let him loose a little to do some things on his own. Overall, I’m proud of the way we competed. I was content with our defense and I liked the tempo of the game.”
Jacob Fischer, Max Goepel, Reagan Snider and Ben Sebacher combined for the Explorers’ remaining 13 points. Fischer got two baskets in the first quarter to account for his four points and Goepel hit a trey in the third quarter for his three points. Snider (four points) and Sebacher (two points) did all of their scoring in the first half.
The Kahoks led 21-15 at half and 29-28 after three quarters. Wilkinson, who paced them with 14 points, scored five in the third quarter. He was the only Collinsville player to reach double figures. The Kahoks made 16 of 43 shots while the Explorers sank 13 of 34 field-goal tries.
Cahokia, which defeated Jersey 57-43 in Wednesday’s second game, improved to 2-1 in the tournament. The Panthers are 1-2.
It’ll be Marquette tangling with the Comanches at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the Collinsville-Quincy Notre Dame matchup. The second game could decide the tourney championship.
Three games are slated Saturday. Collinsville, which has won four in succession and nine of its last 11 games, clashes with Pittsfield at 4 p.m. Cahokia takes on Quincy Notre Dame at 5:30 and rivals Marquette and Jersey square off at 7 p.m. Quincy Notre Dame is 2-1 in the tourney and Pittsfield is 1-2.
COLLINSVILLE 41, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 33
Marquette 9 6 13 5 – 33
Collinsville 15 6 8 12 – 41
Marquette (13-7) – Shandon Boone 20, Jacob Fischer 4, Max Goepel 3, Ben Sebacher 2, Reagan Snider 4. 2FG-8 3FG-5 FT-2 PF-14
Collinsville (12-8, 3-0) – Emondre Rickman 7, Cole Buehne 6, Sean Davis 4, Brett Langley 5, Harrison Wethers 3, Anfirnee Wilkinson 14, Ronnie Midgett 2. 2FG-13 3FG-3 FT-6 PF-8