Marshall boys’ basketball team crushes Arrows

A dominating effort by the Marshall boys’ basketball team on Tuesday secured the Southwest Conference title for the Tigers, as they improved to 10-0 in the conference with two games remaining after an 81-27 victory over the Pipestone Area Arrows in Pipestone.

The Tigers, ranked seventh in Class AAA, got a game-high 20 points from junior Riley Sharbono while also holding the Arrows to under 20 points in both halves.

Marshall led 49-17 at the break and controlled the glass to prevent any second-chance opportunities for the Arrows.

“Our guys did really well rebounding the basketball,” Marshall head coach Travis Carroll said. “We didn’t give too many second opportunities, which is good. The guys came out ready to play right away tonight. They started strong.”

The Tigers (18-2 overall) pulled down 33 rebounds as a team, whereas Pipestone (5-13 overall, 0-11 SWC) grabbed just 19. Marshall also used active hands to create turnovers, especially in the second half.

“We did a good job of creating turnovers on the defensive end, so that was good to see,” Carroll said. “We forced them into 26 turnovers on the night. Guys were real active.”

Pipestone scored just 10 points after halftime, while Marshall saw 13 players record points in the win. The Tigers also had 22 total team assists.

Derek Buysse had 12 points for the Tigers, while Aaron Mathiowetz and Hunter Peterson each scored nine. Mathiowetz added a team-high six assists, and Peterson chipped in with four steals.

Up next for the Tigers is a home contest with South Dakota’s No. 1 ranked team in Class AA in Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The Rough Riders will enter Friday’s game 15-0 on the season.

“Sioux Falls Roosevelt is going to apply a tremendous amount of pressure, full court pressure, on us on Friday night,” Carroll said. “That’s something that we’re going to have to be prepared for right away in the game. We’re going to need to be ready. We’re going have a couple very important practices before Friday night in order to prepare for that.”