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
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.