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Marinette Splits Two Non-Conference Match Upss
Away From Oconto
Looking to get back on their winning track, the Marinette Marines played host to the Oconto Blue Devils Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup. After jumping out to an early lead, the Marines never let up, using the three ball and patience to secure the win, 74-64.
Marinette was able to jump out to a 29-22 lead late into the first half. Oconto's Jake Krueger sank a triple to cut the lead but Marinette responded with a jumper from Jake Poetzl and a three from Noah Miller. In the final minute of the half, Carson Moe drilled a triple for the Blue Devils and a defensive stop led to a three from the corner for Evan Allen with just 2.5 seconds on the clock. As the clock expired, the Marines took a 34-31 lead into halftime.
Moe wasted little time tying the game at 34-34 with a three-pointer. Jordan Wendt responded with an and-1 layup and sank the free throw, followed by a layup on the next possession. Matt Wagner joined in with a triple from the wing to make the Marine lead 42-34 in the blink of an eye. Oconto's Connor Ebben would not let his team fall behind for long. Ebben went on his own 6-0 run draining three jumpers to bring the score back to 44-42. Wagner again drilled a three followed by a Tyler Fayta layup. Ebben's hook shot stopped the short run, but Marinette continued their hot streak with an 8-0 run jumping to a 57-44 lead.
Big man on campus Tyler Fayta, the 5'9" guard, seemed to do a little bit of everything for the Marines. "He does everything, he's a gamer. He gives you it on defense and he makes things happen on the offensive end of the floor and he can handle the ball. His foot movement is ridiculous, at least for our team he's one of the best. I thought his defense on [Carson] Moe changed the game," said Coach Semenas.
Ebben went on to score 14 straight points for the Blue Devils but it was the patience of Marinette's offense and their ability to find their key free throw shooter at the end. Wagner was able to hit seven of eight free throws in the final 2:04 of the game for Marinette. The Marines won the contest 74-64.
"I was really happy with our guys. You can see that growth throughout the season in their understanding of what is a good shot and what's not when you're up 10 late. Early in the year we saw some mistakes in that situation and tonight we did a better job," said Coach Semenas about their ability to finish the game. "Part of winning is understanding what we have to do at the end of the game. Get the ball to your best shooters, obviously tonight that was Matt [Wagner]."
Matt Wagner's 33 points were best in the contest, Jordan Wendt added 18 for Marinette and Jake Poetzl pitched in with 10. Oconto was led by Connor Ebben with 26 points while Carson Moe also piled in 21 points.
Sundrop Classic With
Win Over Marinette
In the annual Shawano Sundrop Classic held at UW-Green Bay's Kress Center, the Marinette Marines were faced off against the host of the tourney, the Shawano Hawks. In a combination of solid defensive play by the Hawks and poor shooting by the Marines, Shawano went on to take a 71-54 victory Wednesday night.
"We didn't have our normal energy and our normal pep and sometimes in games like this at a place like this that happens. Guys were missing shots they normally make and all of a sudden you find yourselves behind and desperate and those shots become even harder," said Marinette Head Coach Nick Semenas.
After battling to a 38-27 halftime deficit, the Marines came out in the second half with a bit more urgency. On back-to-back possessions, Jake Poetzl scored on a short jumper and a triple to cut the lead to 47-39. The lead was trimmed a bit more when Matt Wagner sank a jumper and the score was 50-45. That was as close as the Marines would come as the Hawks went on an 8-2 run, extending the lead to 58-47 and never looked back. Shawano iced the game with a 7-0 run to win 71-54.
"We're a team that likes to get up and down the floor and score a lot and the pace just wasn't going to favor us," Coach Semenas said after the game.
Wagner finished with a team-high 18 points for Marinette, while Poetzl ended the game with 17 points. Noah Miller added seven and Connor Nelson pitched in with six for the Marines.
Shawano was led by AJ Kohl with a game-high 20 points. Kaden Richards scored 15 for the Hawks, Dakota Moltbey had 11 and Cole Nelson added seven.