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Marian C. beats Cary-Grove at buzzer
Dave Hess

Ben Schnepf was in the right place at the right time.

Schnepf's tip-in as time expired gave Marian Central an exhilarating 57-55 win over Cary-Grove in third round action of the Hoops for Healing boys basketball tournament held at Woodstock North Friday afternoon.

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"I had no idea how much time was left," said Schnepf. "I just got the shot off and it went in. It is the first time in my career I have had a last-second basket to win a game. It is really exciting."

Here's how the game-winning basket materialized.

Adam Pischke launched a 12-footer in the lane which barely hit the rim and was followed by a missed shot from Nate Patterson and was completed by Schnepf's buzzer-beater.

"We fell asleep there at the end," said Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle. "We shouldn't have allowed those shots. I like the way we battled at the end. We grinded it out. It was a tough way to lose."

Trailing by 9, 51-42, with 2:28 left in the game, the Trojans (1-2) mounted a valiant comeback.

Led by a pair of 3-pointers from Jason Gregoire and a trey from Devin McDonough, Cary-Grove battled back and tied the game at 55 on 2 free throws from Tyler Szydlo with 49.5 seconds left, which set up the Hurricanes' last-second heroics.

Marian Central opened the door for a Cary-Grove comeback win by making only 7-of-16 free throws in the fourth quarter and 12-of-28 from the line for game for 43 percent.

'It was a good win against a good team, but the free-throw shooting is unacceptable," said Marian Central coach Curtis Price. "We will definitely work on free throw shooting before (today's) game. We should have had a much easier win. Steve and Ben did a great job on that last play to crash the boards and we got the win."

Pischke, a sophomore led Marian with 29 points, which included 4 3-pointers. Wyatt Lindell added 13 points for the winners.

Gregoire led the Trojans with 23 pointers, which included 5 3-pointers, and 7 rebounds.

"Jason is our best player and he led us back with some key shots," said Schueltze. "I would have like to have seen the game go into overtime. I thought we had all the momentum."

Mike Krich added 9 points on 3 3-pointers for the Trojans.

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