Marinette’s Garrett Waloway drives to the basket as Devon Harris of Menominee defends in the second half Monday night. Nick Cattani is at the left. <br>EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’s Garrett Waloway drives to the basket as Devon Harris of Menominee defends in the second half Monday night. Nick Cattani is at the left.
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MARINETTE - A 2-13 record is a lot easier to take if one of those wins is against your archrival.

Marinette stunned Menominee 44-39 in a loud, packed P.F. Neverman Gym Monday night.

"It makes our season," Marine senior Marcus Maguire said.

The Marines got ironman performances from eight players. Coach Nick Semenas was worried if they had the legs to finish strong.

"We've had a really tough stretch lately, especially with three games in four days," he said.

From Maguire's all-out intensity and Jimmy Jackimowicz's spark off the bench to pint-sized Garrett Waloway playing with the heart of the lion, the Marines wouldn't be denied.

Waloway's 3-pointer from the corner gave the Marines a 36-29 lead with 7:11 left.

Devon Harris kept the Maroons alive with all 10 of his team's fourth-quarter points. Jackimowicz answered two Harris' buckets with drives to the hoop, and Marinette led 40-34 with 2:48 left.

Harris scored on a back-door cut to the basket with 1:28 left. The Maroons were within two, and they got the ball back after a missed bonus free throw. Maguire ripped down a rebound and split a pair of free throws with 23.4 seconds left. Harris' game-tying 3-pointer was halfway down but bounced out. Brian Klumb hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Marines had a night to cherish in a long season.

Maguire credited the Marine fans for jacking up the team. "High intensity all game," he said. "We were all intense this game. Just the last chance to play Menominee."

Sophomore Adam Nolde got free for two quick jumpshots in the corner, and the Maroons led 6-2. But the Marines then stuck to the game plan by minimizing Nolde's open looks.

Maguire scored nine first-half points. His bucket with 3:59 in the first half gave the Marines the lead for good.

The Marines outrebounded the taller Maroons 35-28. Marinette's seven offensive rebounds in the first half really left a sour taste with Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi.

"That's how we got in foul trouble," he said.

Menominee's full-court press helped force 17 Marine turnovers, but it wasn't as effective as it could have been because the Maroons didn't make many baskets.

"Marinette handled our pressure very well," Pericolosi said.

The Marine lead grew to 31-22 in the third quarter on a pair of 3-pointers from the corner by Klumb. Harris hit a long 2-pointer with 5.8 seconds in the quarter to cut Marinette's lead to four.

Marinette's game plan was to prevent Harris from driving to the basket and force him to take jumpshots. He finished with 19 - mostly on jumpers - and Nolde added 10.

"We stuck to the game plan," Semenas said. "It continued to work. We kept them out of the lane."

Harris had nine rebounds and Ty Clausen had five rebounds and four steals for Menominee (5-6).

"I'm just disappointed with the overall loss," Pericolosi said. "We work hard defensively. We've been pretty good defensively all year. We just are challenged offensively."

Maguire led the Marines with 12 points and 22 rebounds. Jackimowicz contributed 11 points off the bench, and Waloway hustled for four rebounds.

"That's the thing we've been talking about - playing with intensity instead of just playing hard," Semenas said. "We really hadn't felt like we had that for awhile. It gives our guys something to believe in. Tonight we found that belief again because we saw results."

MENOMINEE (39) - McKenney 0, Woods 0, Harris 19, Barley 4, Nolde 10, Clausen 4, Howell 0, Cattani 0, Melchoir 0. FGs: 16-49: FTs: 3-6

MARINETTE (44) - Maguire 12, Holley 0, Waloway 5, Jackimowicz 11, Starzynski 0, Klumb 8, Richmond 0, DeLong 8. FGs: 12-37; FTs: 14-18

Menominee 11 11 7 10 - 39

Marinette 11 14 8 11 - 44