Last night in Hometown the Marian Colts and Weatherly Wreckers boys basketball squads faced off in a Schuylkill League Division 3 match-up. What most people don't realize about last night's game is that it was the 100th meeting between the two teams.
The series has been a lopsided one with the Colts winning 80 out of the 100 games played between the two teams. Last night's match-up was lopsided as well, as Marian dominated the last three quarters of the game to come away with a 55-29 Schuylkill League Division 3 victory.
The first quarter saw runs from both teams as Marian got out to a good start offensively, hitting four out of their first seven attempts from the field. Weatherly finished the quarter on a 6-2 run to close within two before entering the second.
However, in the second quarter things started to go south for the Wreckers and the main reason for that was turnovers. They turned it over five times in the frame and nine in all in the first half. Marian took advantage outscoring Weatherly 11-2 in the second, along with not letting up a single Weatherly field goal.
"Turnovers and boxing out were the key. They just physically beat us up and down the floor in the second, third, and fourth quarters," said Weatherly coach Ron Cann. "They were much more aggressive than us and they took us out of everything we wanted to do offensively and then that was the game."
The Marian defense was impressive to say the least.
The Colts "D" let up a total of 11 points in the last three quarters of the game and just nine in the second half. The Weatherly offense looked lost at every turn and managed just three field goals in that time. The Colts held Weatherly to just 3-for-24 shooting from the field in the last three quarters of the ball game.
Marian's defense was simply on point.
"We knew that if we allowed them to run up and down the floor on us they could hurt us, so we really focused on denying the outlet passes and that got us some turnovers," said Marian coach John Patton. "We're real happy with the effort our kids put into the defensive end of the floor tonight. We had some little problems there in the first, but we corrected them. I mean our kids let up just nine points in the second half, so you got to be happy with that."
The Colts also had some success on the offensive end getting the ball inside to big man Alden Whah. Whah did a nice job of running off cross screens in the paint and sealing his man, in turn giving Marian guards a clear entry to the post. Whah tallied nine points in the third quarter and four in the fourth, scoring all of his 13 points in the second half. He also finished with 10 rebounds on the night.
"Whah got in some foul trouble early mainly because of the speed of Weatherly and he was caught in some places he should not have been," said Patton. "We told him he had to play smarter because he's really our only true inside presence. He got the memo and we worked a little high low between him and Eric Swankoski and it worked out well for us. He played tough in there for us tonight."
Nick Kweder chipped in for Marian scoring all of his eleven points in the first half. Ryan Karnish also hit double figures, scoring 10.
For Weatherly Charles Wallish was the top man with eight points.
Kelly 0-0-0-0, L. Reiner 1-1-1-3, Miller 1-0-0-2, Stallone 1-0-0-3, Wallish 2-4-6-8, J. Reiner 0-2-2-2, Baade 0-0-0-0, Haganey 1-2-2-4, Coombs 0-0-0-0, Bizarre 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 6-9-11-22.
A. Agosti 0-1-2-1, Whah 6-1-1-13, Kweder 3-2-2-11, R. Karnish 4-0-0-10, N. Agosti 0-0-0-0, M. Karnish 0-0-0-0, Legath 1-0-0-2, Paisley 1-1-2-3, Richards 2-2-2-6, Swankoski 4-0-0-8, Bilka 0-0-0-0, Postupack 1-0-0-2, Damian 0-1-2-1, Talbott 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 23-8-13-59.
Weatherly 11 2 4 5 - 22
Marian 13 11 15 20 - 59
Three pointers: W - Stallone 1; M - Kweder 3, R. Karnish 2.