Posted On: 02/23/20 3:23 PM

In a cross-classification battle between 2A and 4A title contenders, Marist outlasted Toledo 59-56 to capture a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The match-up served as a tune-up for both teams, but offered much more in terms of entertainment value, as Toledo jumped out to an early lead that Marist slowly chipped away at.

A late steal by Nick Stice led to an easy basket for the Spartans, who captured their first lead of the ballgame at 53-52 with less than three minutes to go.

From there, both teams exchanged the lead multiple times as Conner MarchantConnerMarchant6'0" | CGToledo | 2020StateOR connected on a series of free throw attempts for the Boomers. Luke Eagen responded to the first pair with a put-back bucket, and Tresyn Harbert’s spinning layup gave the Spartans a lead in the last minute that they never surrendered.

Here’s our top performers from Friday:

Nick Stice (2020 Marist) - Stats: 13 pts, 2 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl

Stice, one of the current favorites for 4A state player of the year, put up a modest 13 points to lead the Spartans. It was clear that the Boomers were keyed in on the 5-foot-9 senior in the first half, but Stice continued

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