BOYS BASKETBALL: This one stings
MINNEAPOLIS – A taller, more physical No. 4-seeded Orono beat No. 5-seeded Marshall on the boards at both ends of the floor and on the scoreboard.
The Spartans (22-8) outrebounded the Tigers (24-5) by a 33-22 margin en route to a 77-72 win Wednesday during the quarterfinals of the MSHSL Class 3A Boys Basketball State Tournament at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
“The stats don’t lie. Orono did a great job of getting second-, third- and, sometimes, fourth-opportunities,” Marshall head coach Travis Carroll said. “Give credit to Orono and its coaching staff. Those players are very physical and they do that very well.”
Of the 33 rebounds collected by the Spartans, it led directly to 29 points for Orono. In contrast, the Tigers scored 14 points from Marshall’s 22 rebounds.
Despite several comeback attempts, MHS never forced a tie or ever led during the game. The Tigers trailed by two points (53-51) after C.D. Douglas hit a 3-pointer with 7:24 left. But the Spartans stayed in front because they made 89 percent (23 of 26) of their free-throw attempts.
That was a close as Marshall got to the lead since trailing 11-10 with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Tigers fought back from three 10-point deficits, two of which came as 12 minutes remained in the game.
“Orono did a great job of knocking down free throws at the end,” Carroll said. “I thought our guys did a good job of putting pressure on Orono. Even though we were knock down our shots, Orono was hitting its free throws. When you get behind like we did, you need your opponent to miss a few (free throws) to be able to catch up on the possessions.”
Spartans head coach Barry Wohler, a former head coach of Marshall boys basketball from 1999 to 2004, said Orono was able to execute based on its advantages.
“We used our physicalness to establish control of the game,” Wohler said. “That gave us an edge on the boards and more opportunities to score. Our free-throw shooting was phenomenal.”
Riley Sharbono, who led Marshall with 22 points, converted 7 of 8 free-throws chances and grabbed five rebounds. His last four points in an MHS uniform were the four free throws he made during the last 5 minutes. In the first half, Sharbono eclipsed the 1,000th-point scoring mark after finishing a driving layup.
Douglas had the hot hand for the Tigers, scoring 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor. But Douglas was outdone by Spartans guard Cole Hennings, who went 7 of 7 overall from the floor, 3 of 3 from 3-point range and drained all six of his free-throw attempts for a game-high 23 points.
Sophomore Sam Sustacek, who brought a seven-point per game scoring average to Williams Arena on Wednesday, came off the Orono bench to record 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting from the floor and 7 of 8 at the free-throw line. He also reeled in a game-high eight rebounds.
Andy Ten Eyck (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Spartans, while Connor Winkelman (12 points) and Drew Hmielewski (nine points) were, respectively, Marshall’s third- and fourth-leading scorers.
Carroll praised the effort of his team.
“Those kids came to practice on Day 1 and they competed. They showed that they were ready to go,” Carroll said. “We have a young team and we will miss four great seniors (Douglas, Sharbono, Bryce Johnson, Zach Drum), but we will be like every other team in the state. We’re going to try to build a team during the summer and get ready for next year.
Carroll said last year’s state tournament run help the Tigers make a return trip to Minneapolis.
“We have relied on the seniors for leadership and a lot of our younger players were here last year on that (state tournament) ride. They had that experience to bring back here,” Carroll said.
MHS still has a bright outlook for the 2014-15 season.
“We can take away confidence and, again, we know what we have to do to get the job done,” Carroll said. “Our goal is to get back to this point in the future because we were right there (playing close against Orono). We just couldn’t get over that hump (Wednesday). We will meet again this summer to get stronger in shooting and in rebounding.”
Orono advanced to face No. 1 seed Minneapolis DeLaSalle (24-3), which rolled past St. Paul Central (22-4) with an 81-48 decision in another quarterfinal game Wednesday. The Spartans and Islanders will play a semifinal game at 1 p.m. today at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Other quarterfinal-round results included Austin defeating Alexandria 61-50 and Holy Family Catholic routing Cloquet 63-41.
MSHSL CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT
At Williams Arena, Minneapolis
NO. 4 ORONO 77, NO. 5 MARSHALL 72
MARSHALL (24-5 OVERALL): C.D. Douglas 7-9 0-0 16, Reece Winkelman 2-4 1-2 5, Connor Winkelman 4-12 3-4 12, Drew Hmielewski 4-6 1-1 9, Riley Sharbono 7-16 7-8 22, Bryce Johnson 0-2 2-2 2, Noah Winkelman 1-2 0-0 3, Zach Drum 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Schroeder 1-3 1-1 3. TOTALS: 26-54 (48%) 15-18 (83%) 72.
ORONO (22-8 OVERALL): Ethan Larson 4-7 0-0 8, Chandler Perry 0-5 4-4 4, Cole Hennings 7-7 6-6 23, Andy Ten Eyck 4-5 3-4 12, Ellis Hammer 1-3 0-0 2, Chandler Jacoby 1-8 0-0 2, Patrick Codute 1-4 1-2 3, Sam Sustacek 7-10 7-8 21, Ben Turnham 0-0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 25-49 (51%) 23-26 (89%) 77.
HALFTIME: Orono 35, Marshall 26. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Marshall 5-18 (Douglas 2-3, N. Winkelman 1-2, C. Winkelman 1-5, Sharbono 1-6, Johnson 0-2); Orono 4-14 (Hennings 3-3, Ten Eyck 1-1, Larson 0-1, Jacoby 0-4, Perry 0-5). REBOUNDS: Marshall 22 (R. Winkelman 6, Sharbono 5); Orono 33 (Stustacek 8, Hammer 5, Ten Eyck 4). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Marshall 20 (none); Orono 19 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Marshall 14 (C. Winkelman 4, Douglas 3); Orono 13 (Ten Eyck 3). STEALS: Marshall 7 (R. Winkelman 3); Orono 10 (Sustacek 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: Marshall 1 (Hmielewski); Orono 2 (Hennings, Hammer). TURNOVERS: Marshall 12; Orono 14.