Menominee students celebrate the Maroons’ boys’ basketball win over Marinette on “White Out” night in the Menominee gym Monday. <br> EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Menominee students celebrate the Maroons’ boys’ basketball win over Marinette on “White Out” night in the Menominee gym Monday.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
MENOMINEE - The switching defenses of Menominee threw Marinette into a purple haze on "White Out" night in the Maroons' gym Monday night.

The Maroons earned a season split against the Marines with a 48-43 victory.

Menominee confronted Marinette with five different defensive looks and sealed off the inside passing and driving lanes.

"That was nice to see," coach Pete Pericolosi said of the Maroons' interior defense. "That's two games in a row. We've had problems with our interior defense all year."

Derek Klegin torched the Maroons early with three 3-pointers and propelled the Marines to an early 17-12 lead before the offense ground to a halt.

"Derek hit a few shots but we didn't get anything going at the basket in the first quarter," Marinette coach Nick Semenas said. "I knew that if it kept going that way, we weren't going to have success."

The Maroons misfired on nine of their first 14 shots before hitting their stride in the second quarter.

Travis Champeau rifled in a 3-ball from the corner to cut the margin to 20-19. Nathan Kallestad's free throw gave the Marines a 21-19 edge at halftime.

Marinette sank just 3 of 10 shots in the third quarter while the Maroons' quickness began to take its toll.

Jaden Kleinke ignited a 23-8 surge with an inside hoop and Jared Rivard gave the Maroons their first lead of the night (23-21) when he cashed in a steal for a driving layup.

Kleinke hustled down a rebound to set up Harris for a 3-pointer and Bryan Hines circled the Marine defense before dropping in a layup. A Landen Maccoux putback boosted Menominee to a 38-26 lead. Rivard swooped along the baseline to spear a rebound and flipped it in to push the lead to 42-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Harris burned the nets for 13 points in the third quarter and contained Klegin's outside firepower.

"The third quarter was definitely the key," said Pericolosi. "I challenged (Harris) after the first quarter and he responded. Everything Klegin got in the second half he earned. Devon closed in on him and got his hands up every time."

The Maroons (6-7) went into the cooler early in the fourth quarter, missing their first eight shots while the Marines chopped into the deficit with a 10-0 run.

Klegin nailed a field goal and two free throws, Kallestad pumped in a shot from the paint and Klegin drilled in a 15-footer to pull Marinette within 42-37. Kallestad dropped in a layup after a beauty of a bounce pass from Marcus Maguire to cut the margin to 42-39 with 2:42 left.

Rivard whipped a pass to Hines for a layup to stop the Marines' momentum. A drive to the iron by Austin Wright chipped the margin back to three, but Hines swished a pair of free throws to bump the lead to 46-41 with :50 left.

After being fouled on a 3-point attempt, Klegin buried two of three free throws to pull the Marines back within three points with 33 seconds left.

Hines clicked off half of the time by dribbling around the Marinette defense before Rivard hit two free throws to ice the win.

"We weren't the aggressors tonight, they were," said Semenas. "We put them on the line and we didn't make them put us on the line. They prepared well for this game. Our guys were confused the whole night. I thought we looked tired as well. A lot of that is trying to defend on their end of the court."

Harris topped the Maroons with 16 points and three steals. Rivard had 12 points, led the Maroons on the boards with seven rebounds and keyed the defense with five steals.

"Jared Rivard was real active for us tonight," said Pericolosi.

Hines also had 12 points.

Klegin's 24 points paced the Marines (7-10).

MARINETTE (43) - Klegin 24, Kallestad 9, Wright 4, Maguire 6, Raminger 0. FTs: 9-13

MENOMINEE (48) - Hines 12, Champeau 3, Jared Rivard 12, Harris 16, Maccoux 3, Kleinke 2. FTs: 7-15

Marinette 17 4 8 14 - 43

Menominee 12 7 23 6 - 48