continued “We were pumped up (and) we were overeager,” he said. “Then we shifted and went to another zone defense.”
Marcellus slowly found its best stride and took its first lead (10-9) early in the second quarter. The teams traded the lead three times in the second stanza before heading to the break tied.
Neither team could take a lead of more than three points in the third quarter, setting up Hastings' powerhouse fourth quarter effort.
Marcellus point guard Nick Sinay had a solid game. Sinay dropped in 11 points on a combination of drives to the basket and 3-point shots.
Westhill’s excellent senior guard/forward Ryan Conroy led his team with 17 points. Freshman Jordan Roland drained a trio of 3-pointers to finish with nine points.
Marcellus faces no. 1 seed Bishop Ludden in the Class B semifinal next week. The Mustangs are looking to win their first sectional title since 1978.
Ludden, whose last sectional title came in 2001, had no trouble in its Class B quarterfinal against no. 8 seed Hannibal. As Marcellus was knocking out Westhill, the Gaelic Knights were pummeling the Warriors 81-40.
Refreshed from a first-round bye, Ludden caught Hannibal off a 60-58 double-overtime win over Clinton in the opening round earlier in the week, and pushed things from the start. By halftime, the margin was 41-20, and the Gaelic Knights kept pulling further away.
Dan Kaigler earned nine of his 21 points at the free-throw line, while Ben Hackett got 12 points. Matt Rogers and Zach Walser earned nine points apiece, with Cameron Littlejohn adding seven points and Cory Poplawski managing six points.
Ludden and Marcellus meet in the Class B semifinal Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Jamesville-DeWitt. The winner will play Bishop Grimes or Vernon-Verona-Sherrill March 4 at the Carrier Dome for the sectional title.