They were complete and utter daggers.
Any chance the Aurora Central Catholic boys basketball team had of coming back against Marmion were completely evaporated when Alex Theisen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter Friday night at Marmion in Aurora.
The 12-point lead Marmion enjoyed to start the quarter soon swelled to 18 points after the twin Theisen connections, and the Cadets never looked back in their 60-36 Suburban Christian Conference victory.
"I wanted to put us up going away," said Theisen, who scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Cadets' win. "Our goal is to get them on their heels. It's a good feeling. Everybody contributed."
Marmion (10-16, 4-6) seized command against its archrivals from the get-go, leading 22-9 after the first quarter.
With Theisen scoring 11 points in the first quarter, Marmion more than made an instant impression on the Chargers, who captured the first meeting between the two Aurora Catholic schools in their first encounter this season.
Jordan Bicknell converted a pair of free throws and then an inside score for Marmion in the waning moments of the first half.
Matt Smith then scored for Marmion to make it a 37-18 game at the intermission.
"Our effort was tremendous tonight," Marmion coach Ryan Paradise said. "It makes me want to play again. (Theisen) has played outstanding lately. He hit some big shots tonight."
Aurora Central (13-12, 5-5) did mount a charge after the intermission.
Holding the Cadets to 8 points in the third quarter, ACC came to within 43-33 late in the third quarter when Mike O'Donnell connected on the inside.
But the fourth quarter would be an ultimate nightmare for the Chargers.
Theisen hit his consecutive downtown bombs to open the quarter, and ACC would undergo the ultimate undoing during the final eight minutes.
Marmion hit its rivals with 15 straight points in the quarter.
Brad Searles' 3-pointer in the last minute were the only points ACC would muster for the last quarter.
"I don't know what happened in the fourth quarter," Aurora Central Catholic coach Nate Dry said. "We clearly we're not prepared to play tonight. We gave them a lot of confidence early."
Jordan Glasgow scored back-to-back buckets for Marmion to augment the consecutive 3-pointers Theisen made to continue the unanswered run the Cadets authored in the fourth quarter.
The Marmion blitz ultimately stretched to 17 points bridging the final two quarters.
Glasgow finished with 14 points for the Cadets, and Jake Esp narrowly missed double figures with 8 points.
No one from Aurora Central reached double figures as Phil Shuetz led the squad with 8 points.
Sean Harreld and Shawn Soris added 7 points apiece for the Chargers.