“He was so close,” Silver Bay coach Terry Blood said. “He got some good looks. Even in the second half, that was a good look, he can hit that shot.”
The play was a microcosm of the rest of the game, with Silver Bay playing outstanding defense against the sharpshooting Lions, but even good looks at point blank range for the Mariners just didn’t fall.
“Our defense was good enough for us to win,” Terry Blood said. “We haven’t shot very well lately and that hurt us.”
The Mariner offense struggled throughout the game, managing only five field goals in the first half and just 12 in the game, but the defense hounded LCA ball handlers all night. Freshmen Riley Tiboni and Mason Ollman harassed Josh Reinertson, the Lions’ leading scorer, throughout the game, forcing him to pass out of traps and putting the ball into other players hands. On the few occasions where the defenders lost track of Reinertson, he was able to burn the Mariners by burying a 3-pointer.
Silver Bay as a team caused numerous turnovers, forcing traveling violations, picking off passes or just by tying up an LCA player down low and forcing a jump ball. Even when the result wasn’t a turnover, hustle plays by the Mariners forced the Lions to reset their offense and start over.
“The kids played good defense and they filled in, it was a good group effort,” Terry Blood said. “We just didn’t make our shots, but everything else, the tempo, the structure of it, the ball pressure was perfect. We just didn’t make those we needed to make.”
After a sluggish first half that ended with Silver Bay down by a score of 18-17, LCA put together a little run and went up 35-25 with less…
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