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Boys basketball: Marmion falls in final seconds

Marmion's Alex Theisen scores after making steal as BloomingtCentral Catholiic's Parker Goodlick defends. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

Marmion's Alex Theisen scores after making a steal as Bloomington Central Catholiic's Parker Goodlick defends. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 16, 2013 9:16PM

For three quarters against Bloomington Central Catholic Saturday night, it looked like host Marmion was on its way to a heck of a weekend.

After dispatching rival Aurora Central by 24 points Friday, the Cadets took a 12-point lead into the final period against the Saints. But eight minutes later, they walked off the floor in shock as Jake Reinhart’s jumper with two seconds to go capped Central’s comeback 59-57 win.

“We played well through three quarters but part of the learning process is playing with a lead, which we haven’t done a lot of times this season,” said Marmion coach Ryan Paradise. “I hope we learned from it and can move on.”

From the start, the Cadets (10-18) looked like they were going to repeat their effort of Friday, shooting 7-for-12, and 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to jump out to a 14-4 lead early and a 32-24 advantage at the break.

At one point, Marmion pushed that lead to as high as 16 in the third quarter and headed to the fourth up 51-39. The Cadets shot 19-for-36 (53 percent) from the floor, and knocked down eight of their 13 three-point attempts, with Mike Sheehan hitting three from downtown and Alex Theisen and Johnny Peters nailing two apiece.

The offense began stalling in the fourth and the Saints (13-11) used some stout defense and a more aggressive approach on offense to begin chipping away. Reinhart, who scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, tied the game at 57-all with 1:21 to go. And after a Marmion turnover with 30 seconds to play, he took the ball to the hoop and banked in the game-winner over the arms of a couple Marmion defenders.

“We stopped attacking and didn’t look for open shots,” Paradise said. “Then it snowballed on us and we started making mistakes. That’s where we need to get stops and get things under control.”

Sheehan and Theisen led Marmion with 14 points apiece.

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