J-Hawks resistant to EM downshift
LE GRAND – Cole Anderson’s East Marshall outfit is usually chomping at the bit to race ahead into the open floor.
Though against a speedy Jesup squad, the Mustangs were hoping to shift gears and ease off the gas a bit.
The J-Hawks ensured the tempo stayed fast and furious – using its full-court press to create plenty of points in transition in a 83-39 non-conference rout over East Marshall.
“We kind of wanted to slow the game down so that we could keep it within reason during the first half but their press kind of got us into a running game,” said Anderson. “They got us out of what we wanted to do and we played right into their hands.”
Trevor Larson led the way with 18 of his game-high 22 points in the opening quarter as the J-Hawks used a 20-2 surge to grab a 22-7 advantage eight minutes in. Larson converted two 3-pointers, a pair of 3-point plays and several layups during the opening onslaught as Jesup (6-0) connected on nine 3-pointers in a continuous clock victory.
Dru Boliver’s triple gave East Marshall (0-6) an early 5-2 lead before the J-Hawks defense took over.
Shawn Chamberlin drilled three of his five treys in the second quarter to stretch the J-Hawks’ margin to 47-20 at the half. Chamberlin finished with 15 points and Rodney Ciesielski had nine as 12 different Jesup players got in the scoring column. Kyle Schultz (8) and Ethan Wyant (7) each converted a 3-pointer as well as Jesup scored at least 18 points in each quarter. Wyant’s transition layup got the continuous clock rolling midway through the fourth at 74-39.
While slowing the pace was the focus for the Mustangs Friday, Anderson said it will be a stronger emphasis for his team moving forward due to a lack of depth on the roster.
“At the beginning of the year we thought we could run up and down, but we really can’t get into those kind of games because we don’t have a lot kids that can play,” said Anderson. “We only go seven deep so we’re going to have to slow it down and keep teams within reason so that we can stay in the game longer. When we start running, we don’t make quick enough decisions on the offensive end to score and when we make turnovers it gives (opponents) easy baskets every time. We just can’t really get into those games.”
Nate DeBondt tried to spark the Mustangs with 14 points, while Nick Mommer added eight and Ben Terrones had seven. Boliver made a pair of treys for his six points, while Zack Johnson and Austin Briney chipped in two points apiece.
Jesup, which received votes in the latest Associated Press poll, had won four of its games by five points or less. East Marshall was coming off its closest game of the season – a 63-58 loss to South Tama County – after dropping their first three games by an average of 27 points.
The Mustangs continue non-conference play against Colo-NESCO on the road today at 5 p.m.
“Hopefully tomorrow we can play like I know we can play,” said Anderson. “I want to see that team that we had at South Tama and build from there because I know we can play a lot better.”
The 2013 East Marshall softball team was recognized at halftime of the boys game. The Mustangs made back-to-back trips to the state tournament the last two seasons.