Marines fall prey to No. 1
Team concept works well for Seymour boys
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 6:05 PM
MARINETTE - Marinette at least succeeded in slowing down Wisconsin's No. 1-ranked boys' basketball team Tuesday night.
Marinette’s Marcus Maguire drives to the basket in the first half against Seymour Tuesday night.
But Seymour was fine with that, and coasted to a 65-16 Bay Conference win.
The P.F. Neverman Gym was nearly full of fans watching for the usual assortment of spectacular dunks by Marquette recruit Sandy Cohen. The Marines held the 6-foot-5 Cohen to two points on 1 for 8 shooting, but he helped out with rebounding, passing and defense. He entered the night averaging 26 points per game and shooting about 80 percent from the field.
Seymour's other outstanding player, Dakota Oskey, was more than they could handle. The 6-foot-2 St. Norbert College recruit had 15 points, seven steals and eight rebounds.
"The thing we don't realize is that Dakota Oskey is an all-state player, too," Marinette coach Nick Semenas said. "One through eight, they've got great players."
Marinette led 3-2 on Garrett Waloway's 3-pointer with 6:05 in the first quarter. Waloway hit three of seven 3-point attempts to lead the Marines.
Senior Marcus Maguire will never forget the night he blocked one of Cohen's shots. To Cohen's credit, he played within the team concept.
"We get to the point where it's just a game for these kids," Seymour coach Jon Murphy said. "Don't let any egos get in the way. All of these kids here can play. If we have a chance to be great it's because we share the ball."
Brayden Wilinski's tip-in at the buzzer gave the Thunder a 19-3 first-quarter lead. The lead grew to 29-10 at halftime.
Seymour normally plays a lot of man-to-man defense and mixes in some 1-3-1. Murphy switched to the zone early in Tuesday's game and stayed with it.
"The game was so slow, so we said we're gonna pick up the pace," Murphy said. "We're pretty long out on top, so we generate a lot of steals. We just felt Marinette was struggling with it, so why get out of it?"
The 1-3-1 half-court trap helped force 26 turnovers.
"We couldn't even get shots off," Semenas said. "We were more worried about just getting into position to get into our offense than shooting."
Marinette (1-3) launched 17 3-pointers and just nine shots from inside the arc.
Seymour (4-0) made 24 of 49 field goal shots.
"When we stop forcing shots and find the open guy, we're awesome," Murphy said.
The Marine jayvees lost 66-37. Jonte Webb and Madison Semrau scored seven apiece and Eli Krah added six for the Marines.
The Marine freshmen lost 37-20. Kyle McMahon led the Marines with seven and James Jagielski added five.
SEYMOUR (65) - Cohen 2, Jefson 12, Powless 6, Oskey 15, Murphy 2, Krahn 5, Wilinski 11, Buchholz 7, White 5. FGs: 24-49; FTs: 12-17.
MARINETTE (16) - Maguire 6, Holley 0, Waloway 9, Jackimowicz 0, Starzynski 0, Eatherton 0, Klumb 0, Richmond 0, Greenlund 0, Beland 1, Malone 0. FGs: 6-26; FTs: 1-6
Seymour 19 10 26 10 - 65
Marinette 3 4 6 3 - 16