BOYS BASKETBALL: Tigers box out Eagles during victory

MARSHALL – Rebounding helped Class 3A No. 5-ranked Marshall earn a 65-46 non-conference home victory against Maple River on Saturday.

MHS head coach Travis Carroll was pleased with the way the Tigers were able position themselves underneath the basket en route to a 28-25 edge in rebounding.

“(Maple River) was a big, physical team inside and we were able to get underneath the basket and box them out. I think that was what helped to keep their score down.” Carroll said. “It was the main reason why were able to stretch the lead on them.”

Andrew Hmielewski and Riley Sharbono each pulled down six rebounds for Marshall, while Connor Winkelman added five.

After a basket by Maple River’s Johan Brieter tied the game at 9-all, Marshall’s C.D. Douglas drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to ignite the Tigers, who used the final 11 minutes of the first half to go on a 19-6 run.

“We like to share the ball so the we get a good, clean look at the basket instead of just taking one or two passes and shooting,” said Douglas, whose 16 points only trailed the 17 markers Winkelman scored.

Douglas hit his second 3-pointer of the run to give Marshall a 23-13 lead with 7:12 left before halftime. Winkelman generated six of his 17 points in last 10 minutes of the first half by hitting a pull-up jumper inside the lane, then knocking down 2 of 4 free throws and by handing MHS a 28-15 advantage after transitioning a steal into an easy layup in the final minute.

“We started off a little slow with sharing the ball but, after our first timeout, we were able to share it better,” Winkelman said. “We just passed it around (in the halfcourt) and it got us some easy layups.”

The Tigers had 18 assists on 27 field goals, shot 55 percent (27 of 49) from the field and forced 20 turnovers. The Eagles recorded only one assist, were limited to 43 percent (17 of 40) shooting and forced 10 miscues.

Part of Marshall’s accurate shooting came from Douglas and Winkelman, who each finished the game 7 of 10 from the field. Reece Winkelman scored nine points on 4 of 5 shooting, while Andrew Hmielewski hit a pair of field goals and four free throws for eight points. Sharbono also scored nine points for the Tigers.

“Maple River couldn’t really attack our press as they struggled to bring the ball up the floor,” Winkelman said. “We made some steals that were converted into easy layups.”

Assistant coach Mike Christianson said the Tigers threw quite a few defensive looks at the Eagles.

“I thought we did a good job of changing up our defenses and the different pressure looks that we gave them,” Christianson said. “Our halfcourt man-to-man defense was good in the first half, but we lost some (Maple River) shooters in the second half. Overall, we were happy with our pressure defense.”

Marshall’s lead in the first 10 minutes of the second half grew to 17 points (42-25) until MRHS made its final push of the game. The Eagles went on a 15-8 scoring spree, sparked by a Brian Doering layup and back-to-back 3-pointers from Breiter and Keller to trim the Tigers lead to 50-40 with 5:41 remaining.

But Maple River (9-11 overall) managed to score only five points the rest of the way as Marshall sealed its win with a 15-5 run.

Keller led the Eagles with 16 points and Brieter added 15 more. The combined for 31 of the 45 markers scored by Maple River.

The Tigers (15-3 overall) host Pipestone Area in a Southwest Conference game at 7:30 p.m. today.


MAPLE RIVER (9-11 OVERALL): Geovane Santos 0-1 0-0 0, Payton See 0-1 0-0 0, Braden Rahn 0-0 0-0 0, Jonah Breiter 5-11 1-2 15, Jeff Lewis 1-2 0-0 2, Tanner Carey-Fritz 0-0 0-0 0, Gabe Duncanson 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Evenson 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Albrecht 0-1 2-2 2, Jay Sohre 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Sonnek 1-3 3-8 5, Cole Sohre 0-0 0-0 0, Brian Doering 3-8 0-0 6, Will Keller 7-11 1-2 16. TOTALS: 17-40 (43%) 7-14 (50%) 46.

MARSHALL (15-3 OVERALL): Jacob Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, C.D. Douglas 7-10 0-0 16, Reece Winkelman 4-5 1-2 9, Noah Winkelman 0-1 0-0 0, Connor Winkelman 7-10 2-4 17, Nick Saugstad 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Hmielewski 2-4 4-6 8, Riley Sharbono 4-13 0-0 9, Matt Pietz 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Schroeder 3-5 0-3 6. TOTALS: 27-49 (55%) 7-15 (47%) 65.

HALFTIME: Marshall 28, Maple River 15. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Maple River 5-12 (Breiter 4-7, Keller 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Santos 0-1); Marshall 4-16 (Douglas 2-5, C. Winkelman 1-3, Sharbono 1-7, N. Winkelman 0-1). REBOUNDS: Maple River 25 (Breiter 6); Marshall 28 (Hmielewski 6, Sharbono 6, C. Winkelman 5). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Maple River 15 (none); Marshall 16 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Maple River 1 (Doering 1); Marshall 18 (Hmielewski 4, Johnson 3, Douglas 3, N. Winkelman 2, C. Winkelman 2, Sharbono 2, R. Winkelman 1, Schroeder 1). STEALS: Maple River 6 (Albrecht 2); Marshall 11 (Johnson 3, R. Winkelman 3, Douglas 2, C. Winkelman 2). BLOCKED SHOTS: Maple River 0; Marshall 1 (Hmielewski 1). TURNOVERS: Maple River 20; Marshall 10.