Offensive production dropped for both teams in the second half as Marathon outscored Margaretville, 21-17, after halftime.
The Blue Devils had their deficit to two points in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie or take the lead but failed to do so.
Marathon big man Jeff Contir then made a three-point play and the Olympians hit their free throws down the stretch to seal it. Contir finished with a game-high 23 points and Marathon went 21-for-26 from the free throw line.
“I think it was a great season,” Marks said. “I’m proud of where the came from and winning the crossover was special. Our guys deserved it. It’s been a goal of theirs. Like I told the guys, it was a great year and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
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Mike DeLuca’s 25 points and 13 rebounds led a top-seeded Morris squad that poured in 45 points after halftime to pull away for a quarterfinal victory at home.
The Mustangs (17-1) scored 30 points in the final quarter, including a 15-for-18 performance from the free throw line. DeLuca hit 6 of 8 from the line, Skylar Maricle went 3-for-4 and Levi Decker was 4-for-5.
Decker had 20 points and Maricle finished with his varsity high of 19 points.
“I didn’t realize we had 30 in the fourth,” said Morris coach Dave Sander, whose team led, 47-43, entering the final quarter. “We drove a couple of times and Maricle and Levi both had and-1s.”
DeLuca scored 19 points in the first half, which ended with eighth-seeded Southern Cayuga leading, 33-32.
Morris led by 11 in the fourth quarter before Vince Stebbins hit the last of his four three-pointers for SC with about five minutes left. But Stebbins, who finished with a team-high 19 points, fouled out seconds later.
“He was their point guard and created shots by driving,” Sander said of Stebbins. “After he went out, we took control. (Cody) Myers scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter and hit a big three.”