Colts handle Haven
Marian and Schuylkill Haven are two young teams looking to grow and get into a rhythm to build future success.
The Colts are coming off a nice road victory against Tri-Valley, hoping the win could spark some momentum moving forward into the season.
"We came in knowing all of these league games are important," said Marian head coach John Patton.
Marian opened up Friday's game on an impressive 23-0 run throughout the first 14 minutes of the game.
The Colts never looked back as they earned another Schuylkill League victory, 49-27.
"We try to shorten the game with longer possessions; we just weren't able to do what we wanted to do tonight as we faced a large deficit early in the game," said Schuylkill Haven head coach Fran Murphy.
The Colts executed exactly what their coach told them to do.
"We tried to jump on them early, crash the boards, and give them a tough time with our zone and I think we did a good job tonight," said Patton.
The Colts certainly crashed the glass from all angles, as they out-rebounded Schuylkill Haven by a 39-16 margin.
Patton credited Anthony Agosti, Kyle Swetz, and Mike Vercusky as a group that consistently got to the ball first off of a missed shot.
Agosti also had a game-high 17 points to go along with his nine rebounds.
"They were more athletic than us, especially on the boards," said Murphy. "We gave up a ton of second chances because of this. We're young and not a big team, but as we grow and get bigger we will improve in many areas."
Marian's defense also proved to be a problem for the Hurricanes.
"We're not real big, but we're pretty quick," said Patton. "We try to cover the court with our zones, using our speed to our advantage."
The Hurricanes had a much better second half, as the Colts only outscored them by one point.
"I just told the kids we needed to play hard the first few minutes of the third quarter and good things will happen," said Murphy. "I had a quicker lineup in the game for most of the second half which definitely helped us out."
Patton urged his team to keep their foot on the gas for an entire four quarters.
"We tried to keep the kids focused," he said. "We told them we had to finish the second half strong and close out the game because you can't afford to let games slip away in the Schuylkill League."
Dan Blugis did most of the scoring for Schuylkill Haven, as he led his team with 12 points.
"I thought Vinnie Fanelli came in and gave us a nice effort," said Murphy. "Danny also played hard all game and did a good job handling the ball."
"I want to give Marian a ton of credit. They're well-coached and their kids play hard. They had a great game plan coming into tonight's game."
Charles 0-0-0-0, Blugis 5-1-2-12, Conage 0-0-0-0, Ulsh 2-0-0-4, Webb 0-0-0-0, Hughes 1-1-4-4, Trumboli 2-0-0-5, Fanelli 1-0-0-2, Fryer 0-0-0-0; TOTALS: 11-2-6-27
A Agosti 7-2-4-17, Karnish 2-0-0-4, Vercusky 5-0-0-10, N Agosti 1-1-2-3, Kucznski 3-0-0-7, Legath 1-0-0-2, Latham 0-0-0-0, Mussoline 0-0-2-0, Werner 0-0-0-0, Swetz 1-0-0-2, Weber 1-0-0-2, Paluck 0-0-0-0; TOTALS: 22-3-8-49
Marian 0 8 7 12 - 27
S. Haven 15 14 8 12 - 49
Three-pointers: Schuylkill Haven: Blugis 1, Hughes 1, Trumboli 1; Marian: A Agosti 1, Kucznski 1.