WAUPACA, Wis. — The Marinette boys basketball team is still searching for its first victory of the year after falling to the Waupaca Comets 86-56 in North Eastern Conference action on Friday.

Waupaca (3-7 North Eastern Conference, 3-11 overall) got a double-double from Logan Johnson and outrebounded the Marines (0-9 NEC, 0-13 overall) 45-25, including 18 offensive rebounds with 13 of them coming in the second half, while Marinette struggled offensively and shot 38% from the field.

Jake Sommerfeldt got Marinette its first points of the game off a triple from the top of the arc and added another basket that made the score 7-5 in favor of Waupaca. Asaia Polazzo drilled another 3-pointer for the Marines, but Dawson Patzke responded with back-to-back triples to give the Comets a five-point lead.

After consecutive baskets by Waupaca, Matt Maye stroked a 3-pointer and dished the ball to Sommerfeldt for another corner-three to make it a seven-point game, but the Comets fired off a 9-0 run that was capped off by a bucket from Johnson and forced the Marines into a timeout.

Coming out of the break, Maye canned his second triple before a score from Johnson, along with a Patzke 3-pointer, increased Waupaca’s lead to 18. Maye hit another triple and converted a pair of free throws that cut the deficit to 17, but back-to-back triples from Jonson and Hunter Marcom kept the Comets ahead. Marcom scored another basket before Maye hit his fourth 3-pointer of the half to make the score 47-25 headed into halftime.

Waupaca controlled the painted area in the first half, outscoring the Marines 24-2 from within the restricted area and allowing them to make only one of four shots from two-point range. Conversely, the Comets’ offense was on fire near the rim, with 12-18 shots falling from close range.

After Polomis got Marinette on the board to begin the second half, Johnson forced the Marines 10th turnover of the game and converted the ensuing layup to kick off a 7-0 run that Maye stopped with a jumper to make it a 54-29 game. Consecutive buckets from Marcom and a 3-pointer by Johnson pushed Waupaca’s lead to 61-29 before Polazzo nailed a fadeaway jumper that made it a 30-point game.

The Comets increased their lead with a 6-0 run until Polazzo hit a 3-pointer and Sommerfeldt sank a fadeaway of his own to cut Waupaca’s lead to 28. Polazzo and Johnson traded three pointers, but baskets from Tomas Lakatos and Aaron Monday gave Waupaca the 81-45 lead and forced the Marines into a timeout with three minutes and 43 seconds remaining. 

Coming out of the timeout, Polazzo converted a pair of free throws and nailed a putback while Polomis hit his second basket of the game and Charlie Bailey scored to make it a 31-point game. The Marines got another 3-pointer, this one courtesy of Matt Twork, but Waupaca’s lead proved insurmountable and an insurance bucket from Lakatos was the icing on top the Comets’ victory.

Maye and Polazzo each scored 17 points for Marinette, Sommerfeldt chipped in 13 and Polomis had four. Waupaca was led by Marcom’s 23 while Johnson recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds for his double-double.

In JV 1 action, Waupaca defeated Marinette 35-29. Braeden Bizelle and Carson Erdman led the way for the Marines with six points each.

Marinette will try to notch its first win on the season on Tuesday, as the Marines host Luxemburg-Casco in another NEC clash. The game tips off at 7 p.m.

MARINETTE (56) — Maye 17, Polazzo 17, Sommerfeldt 13, Polomis 4, Twork 3, Bailey 2

WAUPACA (86) — Marcom 23, Johnson 19, Klemp 10, Patzke 10, Bogard 8, Pankrats 7, Boldt 5, Lakatos 4

Halftime score: Waupaca 47, Marinette 25.