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Indians take win from Spartans in OT

Bluder drops 30 points in high-scoring loss

MARION– The Spartans built a lead, but the Indians whittled away.
It took an extra period, but Marion pulled away from Solon with an 83-76 win in Marion Jan. 3.
“It was a great game, both teams left it all on the floor,” noted Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan. “Got to give Marion a ton of credit for making the plays down the stretch. I was proud of our effort, though, we had our chances to win the game.”
The Spartans built a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Indians chipped away.
Solon led 34-30 at the half and the margin was down to 53-52 heading into the fourth quarter.
Regulation ended with a 68-68 tie, but Marion outscored Solon 15-8 in the overtime period to steal the win at home.
Solon junior David Bluder led all scorers with 30 points, shooting 12-24 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Junior Ben Cusick added 16 points on 6-8 from the field.
The Spartans as a team shot 47.5 percent from the floor, but only connected with six of 22 three-point attempts.
The Indians hit 49 percent of their shots and were a bit better from deep and from the free throw line. Marion had four players in double figures, led by senior Will Henricksen with 24.
Solon had a 37-22 edge on the glass, led by senior Cam Miller with eight rebounds. Eight different Spartans had a rebound, with six each for Bluder and Cusick and five for junior Carson Shive.
The loss dropped Solon to 2-5 for the season. Marion improved to 6-1.
“We are really looking for our team to continue to improve every day,” Lesan said. “We took some huge steps over break, but need to continue to make strides every opportunity we get. I am proud of how hard we worked during break, but we know that we can't afford to take any steps back. The east side of the WaMaC is extremely tough.”
Five of the Spartans’ first six games in 2020 will be on the road.
After a Jan. 7 trip to Mount Vernon, Solon returns home to host West Delaware Friday, Jan. 10, then travels to Loras College to face Beckman Catholic Saturday, Jan. 11, with an 11 a.m. start, and heads to Williamsburg Tuesday, Jan. 14.