Marathon climbed from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to within three of Harrisville in the waning moments, only to fall by 68-65 in a Class D state basketball semifinal Saturday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Olympians were within three with 23 seconds remaining, but Harrisville put it away by converting three of four free throws, leaving the Interscholastic Athletic Conference squad to hit a three-point goal and call timeout with a second remaining.
This one was part of a spectacular day of playoff basketball at the Arena.
Records / Up next
Marathon closes its season with a 15-10 record.
Harrisville (20-6) will play Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville in the final, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Diego Castellot tossed in a three-point goal midway into the second quarter that had the Olympians within 27-21, and teammate Mason O’Donnell returned it to a six-point difference when he struck from the interior 2:43 before halftime.
That was when Harrisville began a difference-making surge.
The final points of the second quarter were supplied by Peyton Schmitt via a strong follow-up of his own miss with 62 seconds remaining to make it 33-23.
Peyton Schmitt opened third-quarter scoring with an inside bucket, Nathan Schmitt made it two straight point-blank goals, earning a free throw in the process. That was off the mark, but Peyton rebounded and scored for a 39-23 Pirates advantage just over two minutes into the second half.
- Marathon’s rally into contention began with Castellot zipping end-to-end to convert a three-point play and proceeded to his field goal to pull the Olympians within seven with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
Harrisville built the difference back to 10 when Peyton Schmitt scored from the block off Jadon Sullivan’s feed from near the free throw line with 2:20 of the fourth elapsed.
The Pirates’ Nolan Parow canned a three-point goal from up top courtesy of Peyton Schmitt’s find out of a triple-team and it was 57-49 with 3:46 remaining.
- Marathon was not finished.
Castellot hit a three from high on the perimeter … O’Donnell drove baseline for two … LaZhay Reinford drove the lane for a goal … O’Donnell made good on three of four free throw … And Andrew Tillotson buried a deep three to pull his squad within 65-62 with 23 seconds to play.
- Harrisville was 0-for-6 on free throws in a two-minute stretch mid-fourth quarter.
Marathon coach Jim Holland said …
“We struggled that first half, just couldn’t get our offense clicking. We just couldn’t get the quick shots that we wanted, didn’t get a lot of movement, either. I thought a couple guys settled, didn’t look to get the movement and get the backdoor screens, stuff like that.”
Of Harrisville: “They’re tough, they play well together. We knew that coming in, we knew they wouldn’t fall apart as a unit and they didn’t.”
And of Peyton Schmitt: “We played the Harding kid from Bridgehampton (in a quarterfinal). They’re identical, the two of them. They both just rip every board, they make shots inside that are unbelievable, they don’t stop hustling.”
Harrisville’s Peyton Schmitt said …
Of the difficulties putting away this Marathon crew: “It’s the final four, emotions are high, adrenaline is running. You can never count a team out. I mean, you see teams blowing 20-pont leads all the time, You’ve really got to keep the foot on the pedal until the very end.”
- Castellot led Marathon with 20 points.
- Tillotson’s 17 points featured 5-for-5 three-point shooting.
- Peyton Schmitt had 29 points on 13-for-18 shooting.
- Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville is ranked first by the New York State Sports Writers Association. Harrisville is ranked second.
- Marathon came in ranked third.
- Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville was a 61-57 semifinal winner against Panama.
- Harrisville is making its third consecutive final four appearance. They Olympians were first-timers.
Harrisville 68, Marathon 65
Class D semifinal
(at Floyd L. Maines Arena)
Marathon ……. 13 10 15 27 — 65
Harrisville …… 18 15 13 22 — 68
Marathon: Diego Castellot 7 3-6 20, Kenyon Dupuy 2 2-2 6, Conor Holland 0 0-0 0, Michael Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Owen Hoyt 2 3-4 8, Mason O’Donnell 2 3-4 7, LaZhay Reinford 3 0-0 7, Caleb Ticknor 0 0-0 0, AndrewTillotson 6 0-0 17. Totals: 22 11-16 65.
Harrisville: Matt Allen 0 0-0 0, Dalton Church 2 3-4 8, Nolan Parow 2 1-4 7, Scott Roberts 1 0-0 2, Nathan Schmitt 4 0-3 8, Peyton Schmitt 13 3-4 29, Jadon Sullivan 5 4-8 14. Totals: 27 11-23 68.
Three-point goals: Marathon 10 (Castellot 3, Hoyt, Reinford, Tillotson 5); Harrisville 3 (Church, Parow 2).
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Published 12:55 AM EDT Mar 17, 2019