Following a 6-0 start, the Marcellus boys basketball team did everything possible to try and sabotage its own quest for seven in a row.
However, the good stuff returned just in time.
Jeff Watson scored 17 points and sank two clutch free throws to secure a 56-53 road victory for his Marcellus squad against rival Westhill.
"I knew I had to make both of them to force Westhill to have to make a three to tie the game," Watson said. "With me making both, the worst case scenario would have been overtime for us."
The No. 12 Class B state-ranked Mustangs remained unbeaten with the OHSL Liberty division win and handed the Warriors (2-2, 5-2) its second straight loss.
Marcellus led for the majority of what was a very sloppy game. Neither team came out shooting well, and both had a number of turnovers, but the Mustangs defensive pressure enabled them to keep a slim lead into the second quarter.
The Mustangs played with great intensity as they took the Warriors out of their game and forced them into a lot of low percentage shots.
"We wanted to stop the transition game of Westhill," Marcellus forward Will Fiacchi said. "They like to get out and run so the plan was to try and slow them down. I think we did a pretty good job of that tonight."
As the first half wound down though, no one wanted to take over. There was a countless amount of missed lay-ups and turnovers on both sides as the Mustangs carried a 29-23 lead into the locker room.
Westhill came out a different team to start the second half. Led by sophomore forward Dan Ross, who scored 11 points in the third quarter, the Warriors began to catch fire and chip away at the deficit. Marcellus was now the team who was struggling as they could only manage 11 points as a whole in the period.