PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Marshall cruises past JCC, 80-24
MARSHALL — The Marshall boys basketball team came back home looking to continue its strong start to the season against Jackson County Central. Marshall set the tone right away, and never trailed on its way to an 80-24 victory over the Huskies on Friday night.
Marshall coach Travis Carroll said he was pleased with the effort on both ends of the floor from his team and felt a lot of players contributed to the win.
“We had a lot of kids who were able to contribute in the win. Those are always fun games to get multiple guys in the games and see the team have success. I thought all of the kids handled their opportunities well and it was good to get a strong start early in the game and carry that momentum into the second half,” Carroll said. “The kids played hard on the defensive end of the floor, we got a lot of tips and steals, which is something we’re going to have to do defensively and we thought we contested well when they took shots and we were able to limit their second and third opportunities as well.”
Marshall jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before quickly taking a double-digit advantage at 11-0 on a pair of free throws from Josh Baker with 14:29 left in the first half. The Huskies finally got on the board with a free throw a few seconds later before connecting on their first field goal of the game, but Baker got a layup to go to put Marshall up 13-4 with 12:33 to go.
Marshall’s defense continued to apply the pressure throughout the half, forcing JCC to commit several turnovers. Meanwhile, on the other side of the floor, Marshall’s offense kept rolling, as a Bryce Lance layup made it 21-4 to cap a 10-0 run before Brevin Runia got a layup of his own to push the advantage to 31-6 with 5:44 left. JCC would get a layup to stop the bleeding, before the two teams traded points the remainder of the half, with Marshall taking a 44-11 lead going into the locker rooms.
Carroll said their key on offense in the first half was their ability to share the basketball and get out in transition quickly.
“Just sharing the ball; we were able to get some shots in transition and once kids were able to score in transition, it allows the flow of our offense to go better,” Carroll said. “Early in the game, we kind of settled for some shots rather than looking to attack the basket, so that’s something we’ll continue to work on.”
Marshall kept the momentum going to begin the second half, opening the frame with a 12-3 run, with a Chase Douglas layup putting the Tigers up 56-14 with 14:11 left. Both teams then traded points over the next few minutes, but Marshall would control the tempo the rest of the way en route to the 80-24 victory.
Baker led Marshall with 14 points while Lance added 11 and Runia and Abubakar Abdi each had 10. Baker and Runia led in rebounds with six each while Lance led in assists with four. As a team, Marshall shot 60.3% (38 of 63) from the field.
Defensively, Marshall held JCC to just 29.6% shooting (8 of 27) and forced 20 turnovers.
Marshall (3-0) will face Waseca on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. Carroll said they know it will be a challenging matchup and they’re going to see things that will work well for their team as well as things they’ll need to learn from.
“Going into Waseca, they’re going to be one of the best teams we see this year and hopefully we can go over there and can compete,” Carroll said. “It’ll be a good test for us against one of the top teams in the state, regardless of what class they’re in, and we’re definitely going to find some things out that we need to work on and some things that are going well. We just have to continue to work on those things that aren’t going well and we’re excited to go and play them because they’re always a very good basketball team and well-coached.”
Marshall 80, JCC 24
JCC 11 13 – 24
Marshall 44 36 – 80
Scoring: Marshall (Baker 6-9, 2-2 14; Lance 5-8, 0-1 11; Runia 5-9, 0-0 10; Abdi 5-7, 0-0 10; Jacobson 3-5, 0-0 6; Werner 3-3, 0-0 6; Bly 2-6, 0-0 4; Elton 2-4, 0-0 4; Osman 2-4, 0-0 4; Wilts 1-3, 0-0 3; Kuecker 1-2, 0-0 2; Leibfried 1-1, 0-0 2; Maeyaert 1-1, 0-0 2; Toulouse 1-1, 0-0 2).
Rebounds: Marshall 30 (Baker, Runia 6; Lance 4).
Assists: Marshall 10 (Lance 4; Baker, Bly 2; Jacobson, Abdi 1).
Steals: Marshall 13 (Jacobson, Osman 3; Lance, Baker 2; Elton, Runia, Abdi 1).
Blocks: Marshall 4 (Baker, Jacobson, Osman, Abdi 1).