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Freeman Academy/Marion's comeback falls short, Aberdeen Christian wins seventh place in Class B

The Bearcats outscored the Knights 27-20 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 14-point deficit

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Freeman Academy/Marion's Connor Epp (2) drives on Aberdeen Christian's Andrew Brennan (0) during the seventh-place game of the Class B boys basketball tournament on Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022 in Aberdeen.
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ABERDEEN -- The Freeman Academy/Marion Bearcats almost completed a valiant comeback in the fourth quarter of the Class B seventh-place game, but could not overcome the large Aberdeen Christian lead as the Knights finished a 72-65 victory on Saturday at the Barnett Center.

The first half was closely contested, but the Aberdeen Christian Knights (21-5) opened up a big lead with a 23-11 scoring differential in the third quarter.

Freeman Academy/Marion’s offense exploded in the final quarter, pouring in 27 points as they attempted to overcome the 14-point deficit to start the quarter. However, they would fall just short, allowing Aberdeen Chrisitan to score 20 points in the quarter and pull away a final time.

Malek Wieker was the biggest mismatch on the floor, finishing with a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds for Aberdeen Christian. Ethan Russell added 21 points and seven rebounds to the Knights’ totals in their seventh-place victory.

Freeman Academy/Marion (21-5) had two players finish with 20-plus points; Quincy Blue (22 points) and Connor Epp (20 points) did all they could, but the Bearcats finished in eighth place with the loss.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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