MARSHALL - It was a tale of two tournaments for the Marshall and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton boys' basketball teams over the past three days at the Marshall Fastbreak Club Holiday Classic.
The best of times belonged to the Tigers, who defeated the Panthers 79-42 at Marshall High School Friday night for their third convincing victory in as many days.
The mid-week tournament was less kind to the Panthers, who went 0-3 over three days in Marshall and fall to 2-5 on the season.
Photo by Travis Andries
Marshall’s Hunter Peterson (4)?scans the defense as Riley Sharbono (23)?cuts through the lane during Friday’s game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the third day of the Marshall Fastbreak Club Holiday Tournament at Marshall High School. Peterson had 10 points and three assists in the Tigers’ win.
"We knew we were going to face real good competition," Panther head coach Rick Haberman said. "This tournament in general is good competition and we played three real good teams, Marshall being the best. We wanted to enjoy playing basketball and come together as a team. We knew we were going to get a lot of court time in three days. We just wanted to come out a better team than we came in.
"Obviously we wanted to compete and win, we weren't able to win a game but hopefully through the process of playing in this tournament we will be better players individually and better as a team."
Marshall had a similar initiative coming into the tournament, seeking to continue to fine-tune a team ranked 10th in Class AAA.
Jacob Bengston 0 1-2 1, Justin LeClaire 1 0-0 2, Jordan Lanoue 3 0-0 6, Mason Van Essen 1 0-0 2, Alec Swan 3 0-1 7, Parker 4 1-2 12, Josh Kirk 1 0-0 2, Brian Fultz 2 0-0 5, Matt LaVoy 1 1-2 3, Michael Nilius 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 3-7 42. 3-pointers 5 (P. Lanoue 3) Rebounds 21 (P. Lanoue 5) Assists 9 (Fultz 3) Steals 8 Blocks 1 (Fultz) Turnovers 17 Total Fouls 7
Tanner Bukowski 5 2-3 13, Hunter Peterson 4 0-0 10, Derek Buysse 9 0-0 20, Aaron Mathiowetz 2 2-2 6, Austin Saugstad 3 2-3 8, Riley Sharbono 3 3-3 9, Spencer Petrich 1 1-2 3, Bryce Johnson 1 0-0 2, Carl Douglas 2 0-0 4, Abdi Amin 2 0-0 4. Totals 32 10-13 79. 3-pointers 5 (Peterson 2, Buysse 2) Rebounds 36 (Buysse 6, Bukowski 5) Assists 17 (Mathiowetz 8) Steals 16 (Saugstad 5) Blocks 1 (Bukowski) Turnovers 13 Total Fouls 9.
Halftime Score: Marshall 43, TMB 20
"Just try to get better every game," Marshall head coach Travis Carroll said of his team's goals for their home holiday tournament. "Just take that defense and try to improve and just trying to keep improving. It's a long year and you've got to try to encourage kids to work hard, and encourage them to play together as a team and encourage them to just get better."
The Tigers followed the same formula on Friday that had led them to comfortable wins over Mankato East and Orono on Wednesday and Thursday: use stringent defense to establish an imposing halftime lead.
"I'd say tonight wasn't as comfortable," Carroll said. "Tracy did a lot things early in the game to frustrate us with what they were doing on defense. That's good to see, because that makes us realize something that we've got to work on.
"Overall, I think we started strong, we had some good first halves where we put up some points and I think that had a lot to do with our defense. I think we can make some more good things happen if we continue to come out and play good defense right away in games."
After opening up to a 12-2 lead behind six of Derek Buysse's 20 points, the Tigers saw TMB fight back to within six points after Alec Swan knocked down a 3-pointer with 13 minutes, 55 seconds to play in the half. Another 3 by Brian Fultz had TMB within five with 13:19 to play.
Despite forcing a string of turnovers with their half court defense, the Panthers could not take advantage and missed several close shots.
"We were trying to mix stuff up a little bit," Haberman said of his team's defense. "They're such a good team and we wanted to try and get them out of rhythm, just a little bit. I thought we did some decent things defensively, but we still gave up 43 points in the first half. Marshall's an excellent team, they're very tough to guard, but I liked our effort. I thought we did a number of things well. Marshall did a lot of things well also and deserved the win."
Marshall settled into a groove about halfway through the first half and outscored TMB 22-6 over the final 10 minutes of the half as the Tigers' depth and interior presence began to take over. Behind 14 points by Buysse and holding TMB to 30 percent shooting in the opening 18 minutes, the Tigers went into halftime with a 43-20 lead.
Of the 10 Tigers to record points against TMB, three of them scored in double figures. Buysse led both teams with 20, many of those points coming off of slick assists from Aaron Mathiowetz (who finished with eight assists) for open buckets around the basket. Hunter Peterson and Tanner Bukowski had 10 and 13 points, respectively, while Riley Sharbono and Austin Saugstad came within a field goal each of cracking the double-digit mark. Marshall also held a 36-21 rebounding advantage in the game.
Parker Lanoue was the only Panther to reach double digits, with 12 points, and also led TMB with five boards. Swan added seven points, while Fultz had five points and three of TMB's nine assists.
The Panthers will return to Camden Conference play in their next contest when they travel to MACCRAY on Friday. Meanwhile, the Tigers (7-1 overall) return to action on Thursday to host South Dakota's fourth-ranked team from Sioux Falls Lincoln.