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Lions topple Lakers 68-61

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Shakamak Lakers dropped a non-conference game to the visiting Marshall, Ill. Lions Saturday night at Jasonville. Above, Shakamak's Dylan Collins looks for an open teammate in the 68-61 loss. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
JASONVILLE -- The game Saturday night between the Shakamak Lakers and the Marshall Lions got off to a slow start, but ended with a crazy second half that saw the visiting Lions prevail 68-61.

The score was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and stayed that way until halfway through the second quarter. A Brodie Crowe three broke the deadlock with just under four minutes left in the second quarter, but the Lions would fight back to take a 21-20 lead into halftime.

The Lions stretched their lead to 43-33 at the end of the third quarter, ending the quarter on a 17-5 run. Marshall's lead would go as high as 16 points in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers fought back to get as close as five points before the final margin was set at seven points.

Shakamak's Kyle Schubla drives the basketball up the court against Marshall, Ill. Saturday night at Jasonville. The Lakers fell 68-61 in a non-conference game. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
In all, the teams combined for 88 points in the second half after scoring just 18 in the first twelve minutes of the game.

Shakamak coach Steve Brett was pleased with his team's effort.

"Marshall's a good basketball team, and I thought we played them pretty competitively," he said. "They're really good defensively, they get their hands on a lot of passes, and it was good for us to play a team like that to get us ready for the rest of the season and the tournament."

The Lakers, who dropped to 5-8 on the season, were led in scoring by Brodie Crowe, who had 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Brandon Morin followed up a solid performance Friday night against North Daviess (14 points, four rebounds) with an even better performance on Saturday, contributing 20 points and eight rebounds.

Patrick Green added seven points to the Laker cause, while Kyle Schubla and Jeff Bessling each had four and Dylan Collins had three.

Morin's big night impressed Brett, who said "I thought Brandon Morin followed up last night's performance with a good game tonight. He got in a little bit of foul trouble, but he really helped us with 12 points in the fourth quarter."

Marshall was led by Taylor Maurer, who had 23 points and seven rebounds. Walker Berner had 14 points and Keegan Steele had 12, while Cray Bloodworth added nine.

The Lions also used their pesky defense to steal the ball 16 times, compared to just two steals for the Lakers.

The Lions also prevailed in the junior varsity game, this time by a score of 50-23.

The Lakers were led in scoring by Christian Burris with eight points and Jake Walters with seven. Shakamak also got four points from Jeff Bessling and two each from Dylan Collins and Cole Sanders.

Shakamak (5-8, 1-3) returns to action next Friday when they travel to Switz City for a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference matchup against the White River Valley Wolverines.

The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow.

MARSHALL (68) -- Keegan Steele 3-4 5-6 12, Cray Bloodworth 4-6 1-4 9, Thomas Sisson 1-2 3-7 5, Cole Rice 1-3 0-0 2, Walker Berner 4-6 5-8 14, Taylor Maurer 9-11 2-3 23, Drew Morris 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 23-35 16-28 68.

SHAKAMAK (61) -- Jake Walters 0-0 0-0 0, Mark West 0-0 0-0 0, Brodie Crowe 6-13 7-9 23, Kyle Schubla 0-0 4-4 4, Braden Cox 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Collins 1-5 0-0 3, Patrick Green 2-5 2-3 7, Samuel Messmer 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Morin 8-15 4-7 20, Christian Burris 0-0 0-0 0, Jeff Bessling 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 19-41 17-24 61.

Marshall 9 12 22 25 -- 68

Shakamak 9 11 13 28 -- 61

3-point shooting -- Marshall 6-10 (Maurer 3-4, Steele 1-2, Morris 1-2, Berner 1-1, Sisson 0-1), Shakamak 6-13 (Crowe 4-8, Collins 1-3, Green 1-2). Rebounds -- Marshall 18 (Maurer 7), Shakamak 30 (Crowe 12). Blocks -- Marshall 2 (Maurer, Morris), Shakamak 1 (Crowe). Steals -- Marshall 16 (Bloodworth 6), Shakamak 2 (Crowe, Schubla). Turnovers -- Marshall 11, Shakamak 18. Total Fouls -- Marshall 25, Shakamak 16. Fouled Out-- Morris, Maurer, Morin. Technical Fouls -- None. Junior Varsity -- Marshall 50, Shakamak 23.

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