By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– Chaos. Simple as that. But this is why you play the game.
The North Marion Huskies Boys Basketball team, with their young roster, pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season when they edged the previously 8-1 Corbett Cardinals Saturday evening at home.
It was chaotic because North Marion, who had won four of their five games following their 48-45 win and started the season 0-4, came out ready to play. Catching and putting Corbett in a 14-9 going into the second quarter.
Defense was the game plan, they executed. Keeping the Cards Jos Fundak in check with eight first half points. In fact, 11 of Fundak’s 20 points came on the free throw line where the Junior shot 11-of-17.
“Our defense and rebounding. Get bodies on the other team and just grab boards, defending really well. That’s what really won us the game,” Luke Frolov said. “We really tried out in the beginning to come out as intense as possible. Trying to punch them in the face as quickly as possible in the beginning.”
The Huskies would hold the biggest lead of the game during the second quarter, leading 23-13 before Corbett ended the half on a 6-0 run. The Cardinals pulled to within one going into the fourth with North Marion leading 29-28.
Both teams combined oddly for 15 points in the third quarter with both team’s defense making the field of play more like a Rugby Pitch. Fighting and clawing for the ball.
Corbett were fighting to stay with Gladstone in the Tri-Valley Conference while the Huskies got an outside shot for third-place sitting a game behind Estacada in fourth-place.
There wasn’t much difference going into the fourth quarter. If anything, the final eight minutes were an intensified version of what the third quarter was.
“Our defense. We had to switch at the end, normally we’re not a team that switches on screens but, we have to (guard) 24. He can hit shots,” said Juan Alvarez. “It was huge. That right there was a sloppy game, both teams, but we just ended up playing defense.”
With one Senior on their roster in Parker Swanson, the youth and new faces on the Huskies bench and on the court kept battling. Trading the lead with Corbett. Battling foul trouble, yet staying the course through it all towards the end.
Alvarez, one of nine Juniors on the team, came in through the clutch. Signing and delivering the win at the line. Hitting on five of his foul shots in the fourth quarter to help separate his squad from the Cardinals late in the win. Feeding off the fuel from their 69-57 defeat to Corbett from the first game of the year back on May 20 in Corbett.
“This was huge because (Corbett) was going to be contenders for the top, so we needed to shut that down. We were furious from the first-time around,” said Alvarez, who finished with nine points in the win.
Frolov finished with 15 points. Payton Meyers contributed another 13 points. Myach Cummings contributed another 10 points in the game for the Cards.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald