Boys Basketball: Marion Avenges 2012 Loss, Beats Anamosa For District Title

By Douglas Miles, Reporter

Marion students cheer for a free throw at the boys' basketball district final game between Marion and Anamosa at Mount Vernon High School on February 22, 2013.(Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette-KCRG9)

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa – The Marion boys’ basketball team remembers who ended its season last year, and they relished the opportunity to turn the tables.

Junior Quinn Cannoy scored 15 points and dished out six assists as the Marion Indians edged Anamosa, 55-50, to claim a Class 3A district championship Friday at Mount Vernon High School.

Anamosa ended Marion’s season last year in districts, 51-50, on a last-second layup.

“Well, last year it was a heartbreaker,” Cannoy said. “That was really tough on a lot of the guys, but we knew that coming out this year that it was kind of a revenge, so we strived to go get it and we did.”

Like last year, this one was back-and-forth until Marion managed to squeeze some distance from the Raiders with a 19-10 third quarter. With the game tied at 31-31, Cannoy effectively distributed the ball both into the post and out to the perimeter, sparking an 8-0 Indians’ run. Following an Anamosa putback, Cannoy again found guard Craig Engle for a three-pointer to give Marion its largest lead at 42-33 with 44 seconds left in the third.

“I knew that if I got in the high-post there, that backside was going to be open all game,” Cannoy said. “Our shooters did a good job spotting up on the backside and I got them going and they hit some shots.”

Back-to-back buckets by Anamosa’s Michael Maruga to start the fourth quarter pulled the Raiders within 42-40, but Cannoy answered with one of his own. With 3:29 remaining, a midcourt steal and layup by Anamosa’s Bryce Switzer again pulled the Raiders within two at 48-46, but the Indians drained seven of 10 free throws in the final two-plus minutes to hang on.

“We were fortunate enough to make a few plays down the stretch,” Marion coach Mike Manderscheid said.

Marion’s Daly Quinn led all scorers with 18 points. Maruga led Anamosa with 17, while Spencer Barnes, who averaged 19.1 points entering the game, managed nine. Anamosa ends at 14-9.

“It was big, I remember playing against Barnes last year, I had to guard him,” said Isaac Frazier, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. “It felt really good to just give it back to him this time.”

Marion (12-11) seeks its third trip to the state tournament in the past five years when they travel to Clinton for Monday’s substate final at 7 p.m. against Davenport Assumption (17-6).

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