The Marion County boys basketball team couldn't keep pace with Canton in a 79-31 home loss on Tuesday night.

The Marion County boys basketball team scored a flurry of five points over the final 35 seconds of the first quarter against Canton on Tuesday night.

Carson Bock hit a three in the final seconds of the period for the upset-minded Mustangs, who trailed by just five points through the first eight minutes of play.

But led by four players in double figures, the visiting Tigers responded for a 23-3 run in the second quarter to take command before coasting to a 79-31 victory.

“We did a good job of taking care of the ball in the first quarter,” Marion County coach Justin Ellison said. “We boxed out and held them to one shot at times. We just tried a little bit of a different defense and it took them a few minutes to get settled in.

“But once they got it figured out, it was downhill pretty quick after that.”

Canton coach Andy Anderson said Marion County (4-17) gave his Tigers (18-5) a wakeup call early on.

“We were kind of letting them run through their offense,” Anderson said. “They were moving the ball and we weren't pushing quite enough, and they knocked down a couple open threes. We were kind of letting them do what they wanted.” 

LaVion Wilson and Koy Smith changed matters in a hurry.

The Canton duo combined to score 15 points in the second quarter to take a 39-14 lead into the intermission.

Smith accounted for the first eight points of the period.

Marion County failed to score from the field in the second quarter until Brennan Nick got a shot to fall with 2:33 left in the first half.

Lance Logsdon was one of five Tigers to score at least two buckets in the third as Canton put 28 points on the board over the first eight minutes of the second half. 

Logsdon and Wilson each paved the way with 15 points a piece in the win, while Smith scored 14 and Ben McKenzie had 11.

“We got up and down the floor really well, I thought,” Anderson said of his balanced offensive attack. “We started to attack a little bit better instead of standing on our heels. We started being more aggressive.”

Marion County netted 10 points in the fourth but couldn't gain any ground as running clock expedited the conclusion of the non-conference contest.

Marion County played most of the night with just five available players as freshman Landen Holt battled an ankle injury that limited him to just one quarter of action.

Ty Bowdish and Bock paced the Mustangs with nine points a piece, while Alex Huffman finished with eight.

Sheldon Whetstone led Marion County with five rebounds and also dished out three assists.

“As the game wears on, sometimes we get a little tired and our legs kind of leave us,” Ellison said. “But we always keep talking about the next day. We've got another home game Friday so we've got to get on with this one and get ready for that.”

Marion County hosts La Plata on Friday night.