BOYS BASKETBALL: Second-half propels MHS to SWC victory

MARSHALL – The Marshall boys basketball team outscored Pipestone Area 34-17 in the second half to pull out a commanding 72-49 Southwest Conference win Friday night in Pipestone.

The win marks the 10th straight for Marshall, as the team improves to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in conference action.

The first half was a back and forth battle between the two teams, with the Tigers taking a 38-32 lead into the half. Behind a solid defensive effort, Marshall was able to put together a better second-half performance, Tiger head coach Travis Carroll said.

“We responded better and came out and played better defense in the second half,” Carroll said. “Defense is kind of where it starts. We have to give Pipestone credit because they did some good things. But our guys did a good job of sticking with with it.”

Carroll said he thought the Tigers had an average rebounding performance, but that the effort, like every other facet of the game, needs to keep getting better each week.

“We have to do a better job at communicating, especially on defense,” he said. “We rebounded all right, but we could have done a better job. We just need to keep pushing our guys to get better.”

Offensively, Carroll said he thought the team was consistent in both halves. He was especially pleased with the effort of Noah Winkelman in the contest.

“Noah did a good job (Friday),” Carroll said. “He did well on both ends of the floor. He was efficient with the shots he took and with working hard on defense.”

Winkelman was one of three Marshall players to reach double-digit scoring. Riley Sharbono led with 14 points, while C.D. Douglas had 13 and Winkelman 12. Connor Winkelman added nine points, while Zach Drum and Matt Pietz each chipped in six.

Sharbono hauled down nine rebounds, while Connor Winkelman contributed seven and Noah Winkelman five. Connor Winkelman also dished out five assists, while Bryce Johnson and Douglas had three apiece.

The Tigers continue action on the road today against Sioux Falls-Lincoln (S.D.), which could be Marshall’s toughest test so far this season, Carroll said.

“They are a very good basketball team,” he said. “They beat Tartan, who are ranked and are one of the top 4A schools. So it’ll be a tough test tomorrow.”