BOYS BASKETBALL: MHS back on track
MARSHALL – The Marshall boys basketball team regrouped and got back in the win column on Tuesday, defeating Willmar 84-72 in Marshall.
“We knew it was going to be a very tough game,” said Marshall head coach Travis Carroll. “They are a very good team and tonight they played very well.”
Playing against a strong section opponent, Carroll said that they saw both positives and negatives in the game.
“There were a lot of things, as coaches, that we saw that we wanted to do a little better,” Carroll said. “As a staff we could see there were times we weren’t handling their pressure very well, but in the same breath, there were times we were handling their pressure well and turning it into easy points.
“There were times we weren’t boxing out and rebounding as well as we wanted to, but there were times we were getting some important rebounds.”
The Tigers (11-3 overall) were led by Riley Sharbono, who had a 23-point, 14-rebound game where he also had six assists. Sharbono was also 7 of 8 from the line, making seven of Marshall’s 11 total free throw makes.
“He was getting to the rim,” said Carroll. “Towards the end of the game, they starting fouling us, so he was the guy getting the ball in his hands, shooting free throws.”
C.D. Douglas and Connor Winkelman added 19 and 15 respectively in the game.
“We were able to get some transition stuff going,” Carroll said. “C.D. and Connor played with confidence on the offensive end, along with Riley. There were a lot of guys that put in a lot of minutes for us that did very well.”
The Tigers know that while things went well offensively, defensively they have some work.
“It was good to see that offensively we were able to do some things well. We saw some things defensively,” said Carroll. “We gave up a lot of points tonight. I hope it makes us aware that we have a long ways to go on defense. Giving up 72 points is a pretty big number for us.”
Marshall will stay in the section on Saturday when they travel to Mankato to face Mankato East for the second time this season. The Cougars are 3-2 since dropping a game to the Tigers earlier this season.
“Mankato East has been playing very well. We need to be ready to go on Saturday. It’s a road game and they’re going to be very excited to see us again.”
The Tigers could face East without senior Bryce Johnson, who went down with an injury during the game.”
“We’re hoping for good news on Bryce,” said Carroll. “It always hurts to see someone go down.”
MARSHALL 84, WILLMAR 72
WILLMAR (9-4 OVERALL): Tyler Stegeman 4-16 3-3 12, Joel Carter 4-10 4-4 12, Dylan Schueler 3-3 0-0 8, Brady Damhof 1-1 0-0 3, Kyler Johnson 5-15 1-2 12, Adam Nibaur 6-15 1-1 14, Austin Grove 5-9 1-2 11. TOTALS: 28-69 (41%) 10-12 (83%) 72.
MARSHALL (11-3 OVERALL): C.D. Douglas 9-13 0-0 19, Reece Winkelman 2-4 1-2 5, Noah Winkelman 3-5 0-0 7, Connor Winkelman 7-10 0-0 15, Andrew Hmielewski 3-5 2-2 8, Riley Sharbono 6-10 7-8 23, Jordan Schroerder 3-3 1-2 7. TOTALS: 33-51 (65%) 11-14 (79%) 84.
HALFTIME: Marshall 44, Willmar 34. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Willmar 6-21 (Schueier 2-2, Stegeman 1-7, Damhof 1-1, Johnson 1-7, Nibaur 1-4); Marshall 7-12 (Sharbono 4-6, Douglas 1-2, N. Winkelman 1-3, C. Winkelman 1-1). REBOUNDS: Willmar 28 (Grove 6, Carter 5, Nibauer 5); Marshall 34 (Sharbono 14, C. Winkelman 5). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Willmar 16 (none); Marshall 11 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: Willmar (Stegeman). ASSISTS: Willmar 11 (Carter); Marshall 18 (Sharbono 6). STEALS: Willmar 8 (Grove 3); Marshall 6 (Douglas 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: Willmar 1 (Johnson 1); Marshall 1 (Sharbono 1). TURNOVERS: Willmar 14; Marshall 18.