Special to the EagleHerald
Saturday’s game against Pacelli was halted when Jake Poetzl (left) hit a shot to become the all-time scoring leader for Marinette boys basketball. 
Special to the EagleHerald

Saturday’s game against Pacelli was halted when Jake Poetzl (left) hit a shot to become the all-time scoring leader for Marinette boys basketball. 

OSHKOSH — A lopsided win came with several noteworthy accomplishments.

The Marinette boys basketball team had more than just a win to celebrate at Oshkosh North on Saturday. In an 89-58 rout over Pacelli, the Marines earned their first win of the season, the first win for new coach Matt Joost and had a new name to be placed atop the all-time scoring list.

Jake Poetzl scored 12 points for Marinette and therefore surpassed Ben Kitkowski as the program’s all-time leading scorer. But, another noteworthy statistic was posted by Matt Wagner.

He scored a game-high 42 points for the Marines, making 14 of his 22 attempts from the floor and eight of his 12 3-point attempts.

“(Wagner) was scoring from all over in the first half,” Joost said. “In the second half, it was mainly from 3-point range, but he stepped in when Poetzl got into foul trouble.”

Marinette gradually built a first-half lead despite limited playing time for Poetzl, who was called for multiple fouls that forced Joost to limit him until after halftime.

“(Poetzl) sat most of the first half because of the foul trouble,” Joost said. “So he was limited to four points.”

Wagner helped account for the missed scoring from Poetzl by posting 24 points in the first half, helping the Marines to a 38-28 lead entering halftime. Wagner also had a team-high 12 rebounds in the game.

Joost said Pacelli managed to hang around into the second half, but the return of Poetzl, combined with Wagner’s scoring, eventually put the game away.

“We built on the lead in the second half with a better job passing the ball,” he said.

As the Marinette lead approached 20 points, less than six minutes remained in the game and Poetzl was a few points from reaching his milestone. Joost said he decided to leave the starters in a bit longer, seeing if the top scoring spot could be secured.

“We were getting close to that point of substitution,” Joost said. “We were trying to get (Poetzl) a shot or two in the low post and he eventually got it with about five minutes left in the game.”

Poetzl sank a shot that put him at 1,182 career points, giving him sole possession of the all-time leading scorer title at Marinette.

Tyler Fayta added 14 points and six rebounds; Jeremy Wendt had four points and five rebounds.

Marinette (1-1) plays at Peshtigo on Tuesday.