Marcus Whitman boys fall to Cal-Mum 58-53 in Class C qualifier

Messenger-Post Media staff reports

A 44-year championship drought ended last Friday night for the Marcus Whitman boys.

On Monday night, the season came to an end.

Caledonia-Mumford gained a slight edge in the second quarter and that was all it needed to hold of Marcus Whitman for a 58-53 win in a Section V Class C qualifier game played at Wayland-Cohocton. The win sends the Raiders (21-3) into Wednesday’s final Class C qualifier at 7 p.m. at Newark to play Lyons (21-2).

“Proud of these guys and everything they put into this season,” said Whitman coach Greg O’Connor. “They accepted this challenge and accomplished a great goal of bringing home the block. Of course we wanted more, but we fell a little short tonight.”

Cal-Mum pulled away from a 14-14 tie after the first quarter to take a 30-26 lead into halftime. Connor Tomion’s basket late in the third brought Whitman (17-7) to within 42-40 but the Raiders responded by building a seven-point lead midway through the fourth.

Whitman closed to within five points in the final seconds but got no closer.

Kyle Wade led three Cal-Mum players in double figures with 17 points while Vin Molisani scored 16 and Joe Laursen scored 14.

For Whitman, Liam Prendergast had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Lahue scored 16 points, including three 3-pointers.