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Boys basketball: Marmion reaches semifinals at DeKalb

Updated: December 26, 2012 10:57PM

DEKALB — It may have taken just one overtime, but Marmion gutted out a 72-68 victory Wednesday over Chicago Vocational to gain the necessary points to become the only pool runner-up to advance to Thursday’s semifinals of DeKalb’s 85th annual Chuck Dayton Tournament.

The Cadets (5-8) now have the unenviable task of facing an undefeated Winnebago (13-0) squad that swept its three pool contests in living up to its role as the favorite for what is the state’s longest running tournament.

After having battled to the buzzer in a first-round loss to Hampshire, Marmion used two overtimes to pull off a win over Geneseo, setting up the contest with the Cavaliers (7-4) as the pivotal match to decide which of three pool runners-up would advance.

For the second straight game, Jordan Glasgow forced an extra session by driving the lane to tie the contest at 60-all. Mike Sheehan drove the lane for two, and the Cadets then got an old-fashioned three-point play from Jake Ruddy for a five-point lead.

After a Vocational tip-in, Sheehan hit two more foul shots and Glasgow added one before CVS got a three-pointer to make it 68-65 with 32.2 seconds left.

Sheehan, who tallied six of his 11 points in overtime, sank two free throws with 23 seconds remaining, and Glasgow did the same with 11.6 ticks for a 72-65 lead that made a near halfcourt three-pointer by the Cavs’ Michael Taylor insignificant.

“The difference down the stretch was our defensive rebounding, they were one-and-done while we got some offensive boards to keep possession and take time off in the overtime,” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. “We got a lot of big offensive boards, but the key were what we call hustle stats.

“The guys at the end of regulation and overtime: Glasgow, Sheehan, (Tyler) Maryanski, (Matt) Smith, (Alex) Theisen, and then Ruddy; everyone made a difference. We had Smith with a double-double,” Paradise added.

Glasgow finished with a team-best 20 and was followed in order by Maryanski (14), Sheehan (11), Smith (10) and Theisen (nine).

‘It was a team effort and the way we like to win,” said Sheehan, who downplayed his four consecutive free throws in overtime. “I was tired but just remembered the fundamentals, bend the knees and follow through.”

Despite Vocational’s advantages in height and speed, Marmion was more aggressive when it counted.

“The first half we didn’t push ourselves and I think they thought they’d get their way in the second half as well. We exerted more effort and they were surprised by that,” Glasgow said. “And winning in overtime is always a little sweeter.”

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