Boys Basketball: Marian Central shuts down Guerin

Marian Central took control of a back-and-forth game with a 6-0 run to end the first half and rode more intense second-half defense to a 60-43 win over host Guerin Tuesday night in a Suburban Christian crossover.

Senior Ian Maxeiner scored the last four in that run and led all scorers with 12 points on the night.

“We just started playing better defense,” Maxeiner said. “That led to better offense and we made our layups. We were also much better from the free-throw line, and that’s how we got it done.”

The Hurricanes (2-15) went 16-for-20 overall from the free throw line and hit the boards hard. They pulled down 35 rebounds with 15 coming off the offensive glass. Seniors Zach Ricchiuto and J.P. Awe shared the rebound lead with five each with Ricchiuto grabbing four on the offensive end to go along with the eight points he scored in the contest.

Senior Dustin Daily scored all seven of his points consecutively in the third quarter, capping off the run with a three-pointer that put the Hurricanes up 42-28 with two minutes left.

“We came out flat in the second half, so I took a time out, and then we refocused and played tough defense,” said Marian Central coach Curtis Price. “I told the guys that we’re bigger than them, so we have to show it. We definitely had that advantage so we needed to make it work for us.”

Guerin (3-11) kept pace in the first and fourth quarters but couldn’t answer the Hurricanes in the middle frames. Junior Ricky Santiago led the team with 10 points alongside sophomore Michael Marra, who hit a pair of threes on the night.

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