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home : sports : sports   April 29, 2016

11/24/2012 2:04:00 AM
Boys basketball: Red Devils, Crusaders fall in Seneca

Kevin Chlum
Sports Editor

SENECA — The Hall and Marquette boys basketball teams had tough days Friday on the final day of pool play at the Seneca Thanksgiving Turkey Tournament.

The Red Devils lost 91-59 to Illiana Christian, while the Crusaders fell 67-43 to St. Anne.
The tournament wraps up today with Marquette playing in the seventh-place game at Noon and Hall playing for fifth place at 1:30 p.m.

Illiana Christian 91, Hall 59
The Red Devils hung with the Vikings early — trailing only 20-16 after the first quarter — but Illiana Christian caught fire from the field in the second quarter and Hall couldn’t keep pace.

The Vikings knocked down 10-of-13 shots in the second quarter to extend their lead to as many as 17 points. Illiana Christian, the three-time defending tournament champions, led 45-31 at halftime.

“I thought we played much harder and with much more intensity than Tuesday night,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “Tuesday night was awful and I thought we got a lot better as far as effort and intensity. We just played a team that shot (64.8 percent). Some of it was bad defense, but a lot of it was really good shooting by Illiana. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat. They shot the ball really well.”

The Vikings hit 35-of-54 shots and never led by less than 11 points in the second half. Hall made 40 percent (18-of-45) of its shots.

“We missed some shots,” Filippini said about how Illiana Christian pulled away. “We were basically trying to match shot for shot with them, and you can’t match a team like that. We had a good first quarter, then they started making shots and we couldn’t make shots. We just couldn’t match their shots.”

Senior Brett Fanning had another big game for the Red Devils (1-2), scoring a game-high 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 11-of-16 shooting from the free throw line.

Austin Schmitt added 10 points for Hall.

“He’s scoring from all over,” Filippini said. “He’s shooting, he’s driving, he’s getting fouled. He had a ton of free throw shots. For Brett, that’s real good. We have to get somebody other than Brett going.”

St. Anne 67, Marquette 43
The Crusaders played within a point (14-13) of St. Anne through the first quarter, but their offense stalled in the middle quarters, allowing the Cardinals to pull away.

Marquette (0-3), which is missing four players due to injury, managed just nine points in the second quarter and four in the third.

“We came out and played very aggressive,” Marquette coach Mike McDonald said. “St. Anne is great competition. They’re physical. They’re quick. I thought the guys played a pretty good first half. We were down 10 points (at halftime). It seemed to be our third quarter bugaboo (again) — too many turnovers and the ball wasn’t going in the basket and it gets away from us in a hurry.”

St. Anne extended its lead to 44-26 by the end of the third quarter and led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

“We just tried to make too fine a pass instead of just dealing with the pressure and getting down (the court),” McDonald said about the third quarter. “If we start setting up our offense and staying in our offense, good things will happen for us, but we’re young, a little inexperienced and the guys are still, I think, in a little football mode. Give us a couple more weeks and I think things will start turning around.”

Austin McDonnell led the Crusaders with 10 points.

Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.

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