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MJHS boys beat Carbondale to finish regular season

  • Tariq Sanders, Rayzhaun Bardo, Deavon Margrum and DaMareon Cooper play defense in the first half.

    Tariq Sanders, Rayzhaun Bardo, Deavon Margrum and DaMareon Cooper play defense in the first half.
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  • Rayzhaun Bardo

    Rayzhaun Bardo
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  • Isaiah McLorn

    Isaiah McLorn
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  • Devyn Wright

    Devyn Wright
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  • Deavon Margrum

    Deavon Margrum
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  • Rayzhaun Bardo

    Rayzhaun Bardo
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updated: 1/26/2018 1:04 AM

MARION -- The Marion Junior High School boys basketball team finished the regular season with a 46-36 victory over Carbondale on Thursday night.

Isaiah McLorn scored 16 points and Rayzhaun Bardo had 14 for the Wildcats, who now take a 19-1 overall into the postseason after going 12-0 in the Big Seven Conference.

Marion's lead was just 27-25 with 3:27 left in the third quarter and the Cougars had a chance to take the lead but missed a 3-point try that would've put them ahead.

Deavon Margrum then missed a pair of free throws but went back to the line and sank two to start a Marion run.

Tariq Sanders and DaMareon Cooper both put in layups and McLorn hit a nice pullup jumper to give Marion a 38-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Carbondale got as close as four at 40-36 with 2:16 left in the game, but McLorn split free throws and Bardo put in a rebound layup to give the Wildcats some breathing room.

Cooper, who had seven points, iced it with a pair of free throws with 1:11 remaining.

Gabe Hillard led Carbondale with 14 points.

Marion won the JV game, 47-33, to finish the regular season at 18-2 and 12-0. Benja Stone led the Wildcats with 14 points.

The seventh-graders play in a tournament Saturday in Carbondale, while the SIJHSAA Class L Marion Regional will be next week.

MJHS plays West Frankfort in the semifinals on Tuesday, followed by Massac County against Harrisburg, with the winners meeting next Thursday.