KENOSHA, Wis. — The Marinette boys basketball team got a rude awakening against a quick and talented Kenosha Bradford team on Friday in a 67-44 non-conference loss.

Marinette had issues with the pressure applied by Kenosha Bradford as the Marines committed 30 turnovers and struggled from beyond the 3-point arc where they shot 4-18 (40.5 percent) against 11-19 (58 percent) from two-point range.

“We struggled with the ball in our hands offensively. Bradford is very athletic and they got into us and made life difficult,” Marinette coach Matt Joost said. “We played a little nervous, especially in the first half and we started playing a little faster than we’re used to and got a little out of control at times, but as the game progressed I thought we handled ourselves better and better.”

After losing nearly all of their offensive production from a season ago, the Marines got 16 points from Asaia Polazzo — 12 in the second half — and 12 from Jake Sommerfeldt to lead the team.

Thanks to Polazzo’s second-half efforts Marinette was able to get within 10 points with around six minutes remaining in the game, but the Marines began to start going for steals and Bradford was able to withstand the pressure and pull away for the victory.

“This was a good test for us to kind of see where we’re at in the beginning of the year,” Joost said. “At the end of the game when we go back in it we tried to gamble defensively a little to try and make something happen but (Bradford) just started to run away with it on us once we did. That’s a good team we played.”

Joost noted that he was pleased with the play defensively of Dillon Poquette and Nate Poetzl, and said that the biggest thing for the Marines moving forward is taking care of the ball.

“We’re trying to average around 10 to 15 turnovers a game and we were way above that tonight,” he said. “If we can get that number down around where we want it I think this is a much closer game and we might even win it. That and we just need to shoot the ball better. We were good from inside the arc but struggled behind the line. The good news for us is we have a quick turnaround (today) so we don’t have any time to dwell on this game. We just have to come back ready (today).”

Marinette travels to Wind Point, Wis., today for another non-conference game against The Prairie School.

MARINETTE (44) — Polazzo 16, Sommerfeldt 12, Green 5, Maye 4, Poquette 4, Polomis 3. FTs: 12-20.