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BOYS BASKETBALL: Tigers take control of Trojans

Marshall uses first-half run to build lead, secure SWC victory

December 16, 2013
By Jeff Arenz (jarenz@marshallindependent.com) , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - A 12-2 first-half run helped Marshall pull away from Worthington during a 76-53 Southwest Conference victory for the Tigers in their home opener Saturday at Marshall High School.

Leading 22-17 with 8:09 left before halftime, Marshall held Worthington's offense in check during a span of 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Only a driving layup from Trojans' guard Marcus Potter accounted for the two points the Tigers allowed until 3 minutes remained in the first half.

"We work on our halfcourt defense every day in practice," MHS guard Riley Sharbono said. "It's a 20-minute Shell Drill that is something that we are used to doing. We just have to play defense."

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Marshall’s Noah Winkelman leaps before scoring a layup against Worthington in the second half of the Tigers’ 76-53 Southwest Conference win over the Trojans on Saturday at Marshall High School.

Despite the run and solid halfcourt defense, Sharbono and head coach Travis Carroll both said they were unhappy after the Trojans grabbed too many offensive rebounds.

"We played well in the halfcourt, but we need to rebound," said Sharbono, who led all scorers with 20 points and added three blocked shots and two assists. "They had 22 offensive rebounds and that is way too many."

Carroll agreed.

"We had a lot of turnovers (19) and we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds," Carroll said. "Going forward, those are two things that we have to improve. If we're going to be successful, we have to be better at that."

Carroll was happy with Tigers' defense.

"Defensively, we were doing well in the halfcourt. It was after the shot went up that we were not finishing the possession." Carroll said. "We need to be able to finish on defense."

Meanwhile, Marshall looked to increase its lead.

Andrew Hmielewski capped the Tigers' 12-2 scoring spree that handed MHS a 34-19 advantage with an old-fashioned 3-point play. He drained a free throw after hitting a layup on a baseline drive with 3:35 left before halftime.

The run began with a free throw from C.D. Douglas, a baseline drive from Bryce Johnson and two free throws from Connor Winkelman. It continued with Sharbono's driving layup and a baseline jumper from Hmielewski.

"We were able to get some opportunities against (Worthington's) pressure, at times, that let us getting to the rim for some easy looks," Carroll said. "Also, getting to the foul line was an important stat for us."

The Tigers made 20 of 27 free throws (74 percent), with Douglas leading the way. He drained 8 of 10 chances at the free-throw line, while Johnson (nine points, three assists), Reese Winkelman (two assists), Connor Winkelman (seven points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists), Hmielewski (11 points), and Sharbono combined for a 12 of 17 effort. The Trojans knocked down 12 free throws on 20 chances.

Marshall led 40-25 at the break and was only threatened during the first seven minutes of the second half. A pair of layups from Worthington's Will Mulder trimmed the Tigers lead to 49-40 with 10 minutes remaining.

Back-to-back baskets from Johnson and Connor Winkelman pushed the MHS edge to 13 points with 7:55 left and the Trojans had trouble recovering. The Tigers scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 64-42 lead on a pair of free throws from Douglas (14 points, six rebounds) with 4:54 remaining.

Potter finished with 17 points, two assists and a blocked shot for Worthington (2-2 overall, 2-1 SWC), while Will Dudley chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

Marshall, which is 3-2 overall and 3-1 versus the SWC, moved into first place by a half-game in the league standings over the Trojans. The Tigers return to league action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, when they host Jackson County Central.

MARSHALL 76, WORTHINGTON 53

WORTHINGTON (2-2 OVERALL, 2-1 SOUTHWEST): Jessie Guerra 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Will Dudley 3-17 4-6 10, Spencer Grafing 4-8 4-4 14, Marcus Potter 7-12 3-5 17, Zack Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Will Mulder 2-9 0-0 4, Oliver Wolyniec 1-2 0-0 2, Nathan Faragher 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Lindner 1-7 1-5 4, Jake Weg 1-1 0-0 2, Troy Ektnitphong 0-1 0-0 0, Kaybe Amare 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Thuringer 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19-58 (33%) 12-20 (60%) 53.

MARSHALL (3-2 OVERALL, 3-0 SOUTHWEST): Jacob Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce Johnson 3-6 3-5 9, C.D. Douglas 3-10 8-10 14, Reece Winkelman 1-4 1-2 3, Noah Winkelman 1-1 0-0 2, Connor Winkelman 2-8 3-4 7, Thomas Fischer 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Hmielewski 5-7 1-1 11, Jon Wyffles 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Sharbono 7-12 4-5 20, Brock Klaith 0-0 0-0 0, Brent Andries 0-0 0-0 0, Zack Drum 2-2 0-0 4, Matt Pietz 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Schroerder 3-4 0-0 6. TOTALS: 25-57 (47%) 20-27 (74%) 76.

HALFTIME: Marshall 40, Worthington 25. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Worthington 3-12 (Grafing 2-4, Lindner 1-1, Dudley 0-1, Thuringer 0-1, Potter 0-2, Mulder 0-3); Marshall 2-6 (Sharbono 2-4, C. Winkelman 0-1, Baker 0-1). REBOUNDS: Worthington 35 (TEAM 13, Dudley 8); Marshall 44 (TEAM 11, Douglas 6, C. Winkelman 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Worthington 17 (none); Marshall 15 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Worthington 5 (Guerra 2, Potter 2); Marshall 13 (Johnson 3, R. Winkelman 2, C. Winkelman 2, Sharbono 2, Schroeder 2). STEALS: Worthington 9 (Dudley 4); Marshall 8 (C. Winkelman 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: Worthington 1 (Potter 1); Marshall 5 (Sharbono 3, Drum 2). TURNOVERS: Worthington 21; Marshall 19.

 
 

 

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