PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Tigers cruise past Falcons in second half, 84-58

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Trey Lance puts up a layup during their game against Faribault on Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Falcons 84-58.

MARSHALL – The Marshall boys basketball took care of an early run from the Faribault Falcons and never looked back on the offensive end, as the Tigers went up big in the first half and continued the shooting display to cruise past the Falcons 84-58 on Saturday afternoon.

The Falcons jumped out to a quick lead to start, as Joe Palmer connected on a pair of 3-pointers to give Faribault a 6-2 advantage. The Tigers answered with a 5-0 run of their own, though, and took their first lead of the day at 7-6.

Both teams would then trade points over the next few minutes, as Marshall took a 14-8 lead with 12:20 left. The Tigers continued to stay aggressive early on offense, getting into the bonus well over midway through the first half. Palmer hit another three for Faribault to cut Marshall’s lead to 20-15, but Nick Klaith answered on the other end with a three of his own before a putback layup from Yahya Black gave Marshall its first double-digit lead at 25-15 with 9:16 left.

Another area the Tigers took control of in the first half was their rebounding, as three consecutive offensive rebounds from Jake Hess kept Marshall’s offensive possessions alive. The Tigers would eventually build their lead to 31-17 with under six minutes to play in the first half, before going on a 7-3 run to take a 38-20 lead with 3:34 left and took a 42-23 lead into the halftime break.

Marshall continued to fire on all cylinders on offense in the second half, as the Tigers extended their lead to 73-51 with 4:13 left. The reserves were then put in, and Marshall capped off the afternoon with a convincing 84-58 victory.

Matt Onken led the way for the Tigers with 20 points while Trey Lance added 17 and Hess and Trey Steinbach each had eight. Hess led in rebounds with six while Klaith and Bryce Paulsen led in assists with four each.

Marshall coach Travis Carroll said he was pleased with his team’s ability to share and move without the ball on offense, especially out in transition.

“Offensively, guys did a good job of sharing the basketball and attacking,” Carroll said. “When we got rebounds defensively, we were able to get that into transition on the offensive end of the floor. When we were missing shots, we were doing a good job of finding second and third chances offensively, so those were definitely some positive signs that we saw.”

Marshall (18-3) pushes its winning streak to nine and will look to extend it to double digits on Tuesday against New Ulm. Carroll said their biggest takeaway will be defending their opponents better when rebounding and improving their communication on defense.

“We’ve got to defend personnel better and box out and rebound better,” Carroll said. “We just need to communicate overall in the half-court defense much better because we definitely need to have some areas of improvement there.”

Faribault 23 35-58

Marshall 42 42-84

SCORING: Marshall 33-50, 66 percent (Onken 8-10, 4-6 20; T. Lance 7-13, 1-2 17; Hess 3-4, 1-2 8; Steinbach 2-4, 4-5 8; Bennett 2-3, 2-2 6; Paulsen 2-3, 0-0 5; Jones 2-3, 0-0 5; Klaith 2-2, 0-0 5; B. Lance 2-2, 0-0 4; Black 2-3, 0-0 4; Ehlers 1-2, 0-0 2).

3-POINT FGS: Marshall 6-9, 66.6 percent (T. Lance 2; Klaith, Jones, Paulsen, Hess 1).

REBOUNDS: Marshall 26 (Hess 6; Paulsen 3; Steinbach, T. Lance, Onken, Bennett, Black, Pruszynski 2).

ASSISTS: Marshall 18 (Paulsen, Klaith 4; Allex 3).

STEALS: Marshall 7 (T. Lance 2, Klaith, Allex, Paulsen, Black, Pruszynski 1).

BLOCKS: Marshall 1 (Onken).

FOULS: Marshall 17.

TURNOVERS: Marshall 5.