High school boys basketball: Marengo finds its groove early against Richmond-Burton

Brady Cannon
Brady Cannon

MARENGO – Marengo feels comfortable shooting from the outside with long-range threats like Brady Cannon, Matt Volkening and Aiden Smith.

When the Indians get something going inside early, it makes them even more effective.

Marengo found that nice mix in the first half Tuesday against Richmond-Burton, getting Jonah Pace and Finn Schirmer baskets on the inside, while Cannon heated up from behind the arc.

“We try to get the ball in the middle and work it inside-out,” Cannon said. “We have to get the inside open and once we do that, the outside’s going to be open. That’s what we did tonight.”

R-B scored the first basket, but never led again. Cannon hit a 3-pointer in each quarter as Marengo defeated the Rockets, 54-34, in their Kishwaukee River Conference game at Lou Ramirez Gymnasium.

“The biggest thing for us early was to find some success inside,” Indians coach Nate Wright said. “We got some buckets with Finn and Jonah, some things on the interior, that helped the ball go through the hole a few times. We’ve been struggling shooting the past couple games. Having that kind of get us rolling was a good start, then all of a sudden we knocked down a few shots.”

Marengo (14-2 overall, 2-0 KRC) made its first five shots of the second quarter – four layups and a Cannon 3 – to widen the gap to 23-9.

R-B (7-8, 1-1) cut that lead to 28-20 early in the third quarter, but could not get closer. Rockets coach Brandon Creason did not feel their 2-1-2 zone defense was the problem.

“We wanted to take away Cannon, Smith and Volkening,” Creason said. “Those were the guys we wanted to key on and I thought we did a pretty good job. They combined for 28 points and that was the game plan. But what’s it matter when you go 3 for 27 from the 3-point line? When you don’t make shots, it doesn’t matter.”

Volkening, Marengo’s leading scorer, did not score in the first half, but the 6-foot-5 sophomore scored all 10 of his points in the third quarter, hitting a pair of 3s. Smith led the Indians with nine rebounds and Pace added eight points inside.

“We came out strong, we worked the ball inside, then got the ball to Brady, who knocked down all his shots,” Pace said. “That really helped us win.”

Cannon made his first five shots and finally missed a 3 in the fourth quarter.

“We got the ball inside and Jonah made his layups,” Cannon said. “That opened it up and I was hot tonight, I didn’t miss much.”

Jacob Barthel led R-B with seven points.


Brady Cannon, Marengo, sr., G

Cannon hit four 3-pointers, one in each quarter, and finished with a game-high 14 points as the Indians moved to 14-2.


10: The players on each team that made it into the scoring column.


Marengo is on its way to a seventh consecutive winning season. The Indians (14-2) had four seasons of at least 20 wins in a row, followed by 15-11 and 15-14 the past two seasons.

Marengo 54, Richmond-Burton 34


Cannon 5 0-0 14, Smith 1 2-2 4, Volkening 4 0-1 10, Jennett 1 0-0 2, Pace 4 0-0 8, Schirmer 3 0-1 6, Kunde 1 0-0 3, Shepard 1 0-0 3, Ferden 1 0-0 2, Bibbings 0 2-2 2, Nelsen 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 4-6 54.


May 1 3-5 5, Schmidt 1 0-0 3, Anderson 2 0-0 5, Hutson 2 0-1 4, Barthel 2 3-3 7, Turner 1 0-0 3, Legnaioli 0 0-0 0, Abate 0 2-2 2, Miller 0 1-2 1, Huber 0 0-0 0, Griffin 0 0-0 0, Eckardt 0 0-0 0, Volkmar 1 0-0 2, Lindholm 0 2-2 2, Irslinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 11-15 34.

Marengo 12 13 15 14 – 54

Richmond-Burton 6 10 11 7 – 34

3-point goals: Marengo 8 (Cannon 4, Volkening 2, Kunde, Shepard), Richmond-Burton 3 (May, Anderson, Turner). Total fouls: Marengo 15, Richmond-Burton 13.

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