Menominee's Devon Harris drives to the baseline against Marinette's Garrett Waloway during their game in Menominee Friday night. <br> EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Menominee's Devon Harris drives to the baseline against Marinette's Garrett Waloway during their game in Menominee Friday night.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
MENOMINEE - When Menominee's offense needed help cranking over, Devon Harris was like a hot charge of voltage on a cold winter day.

The Maroon senior captain created points off the dribble and provided the spark Menominee needed in a 54-40 win over Marinette Friday night.

Marinette had no answer for the dribble-drives, passing and tenacious defense of the Menominee point guard.

Harris finished with 21 points after coming off the bench five minutes into the first quarter.

"The best player on the floor," Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi said. "He's so athletic. He runs the show and he plays tough on defense, too."

The Maroons held an 8-7 lead when Harris entered the game. During a three-minute flurry, he jolted the Marines for eight points, a steal and an assist while jacking Menominee to a 17-7 lead.

"When he came in, the entire momentum of the game changed," Marinette coach Nick Semenas said. "We game planned to keep him out of the lane, but he's so quick that's tough to do."

The Marines were unable to dent the Maroons' big front line and went 51⁄2 minutes without scoring while the Maroons built a 21-10 lead on a Tyler Howell steal and baskets by Ty Clausen and James Brown.

Jake Holley arced in a triple and Marcus Maguire dialed long distance and drilled in two 3-pointers to snap an 0-for-8 Marinette skid from the floor and cut the lead to 21-18 with 4:11 left in the half.

"In the second quarter we lost Maguire a couple of times," said Pericolosi.

But the Maroons chilled the 11-4 Marine run with a 7-0 closing run in the second quarter to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

After hitting four of five shots to pull within three, Marinette missed three 3-pointers to finish the half.

"We don't have a lot of experience, but we have to improve on offense," said Semenas. "Forty points isn't going to cut it."

The Marines stuck to their long-range shelling and trimmed the lead to 34-28 on sophomore Garrett Waloway's 3-ball 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

Before the Marine fans stopped cheering, Harris countered with a triple of his own with one second left to push the lead to 37-28 entering the final quarter.

Zach DeLong provided rare inside points for the Marines with a put-back to pull Marinette within seven points early in the fourth period, but Brown cashed in two free throws, Adam Nolde popped in a shot from the paint and Harris converted a steal into a breakaway layup to stretch the lead to 43-30.

Nolde's 3-point dagger from the right corner sealed the deal for the Maroons with 4:08 remaining.

Nolde finished with 13 points, including a pair of threes in his second varsity game.

"He puts in a ton of time," Pericolosi said of Nolde.

Brown added 10 points.

The Marines fought through the Maroons' big height advantage to earn a 31-27 edge on the boards.

"It was a good effort. They're great kids and they busted their tails," said Semenas. "Menominee was more efficient and they executed better."

Freshman Marcus McKenney, making his first varsity start, hustled his way to seven rebounds to lead Menominee on the boards. He also led the team in steals with four.

"The smallest guy on the floor and he led us in rebounds," said Pericolosi. "Give Marinette credit. They boxed out well."

Menominee (2-0) sank 20 of 58 shots but rattled the Marines into 17 turnovers.

Maguire topped the Marines (1-6) with 15 points and Jake Holley added nine.

MARINETTE (40) - Maguire 15, Holley 9, Waloway 6, Klumb 2, Richmond 2, DeLong 4. FTs: 5-6.

MENOMINEE (54) - McKenney 4, Harris 21, Nolde 13, Clausen 5, Brown 10, Howell 1. FTs: 12-17
Marinette 7 1110 12 - 40
Menominee 17 11 9 17 - 54