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Marquette Stymied by Maplewood

December 14, 2012
Marquette Mustang Basketball

Feast or famine has become a calling card of the Mustangs early in the 2012-2013 campaign.  After converting on 7/12 three-pointers 21 hours earlier (57% overall from the field) versus tournament host Webster, MHS found famine against a state title contender in Maplewood-Richmond Heights in the title game.  A 7/41 effort at the bucket was huge in an anemic 42-20 loss to the Blue Devils.

The Mustang offense, if one discounted the ball going in the hoop, was effective early.  In the first 11 trips down the floor against the high-octane, pressure defense of Maplewood, Marquette committed only a single turnover, got several great looks at the bucket and grabbed three offensive boards.  All that added up to two measly free throws as MHS failed to connect on its first TWELVE shots.  With all that, when Brooks Gerrity nailed a baseline jumper, he had given his team a 4-2 lead.  A late three-point play by MRH was enough to give them a 5-4 advantage after the first quarter.

Adding to the shooting woes, the turnover dam burst early in the second.  The first seven trips featured five ballhandling miscues, two missed shots and a lone free throw.  Trailing 10-4, the Mustangs found some semblance of rhythm in the final couple of minutes of the half.  Matt Hink hit on two buckets late and a Dillon Jones free throw were enough to make the fans at Webster feel as if they were at venerable Moss Field rather than Roberts Gymnasium as the Mustangs trailed 14-10 at the half in a game when both teams were more than focused on the defensive end.

The woes continued in the third.  After three misses to start the half, there was brief offensive hope when Dillon Jones drove hard for a lay-in and Tanner Stabenow hit the lone Mustang trey to pull the lead to 25-20.  After that, the wheels flew off.  Six turnovers and 0/5 from the floor to end the quarter turned what was a closely-contested match-up into one controlled by the Blue Devils.  A four-point lead at the half turned into a 30-15 score after three.  The fourth was more of the same as MRH slowly stretched it out against a Mustang team still competing but shooting with nothing of much more caliber than a pop-gun.  The eventual 42-20 score marked the second title for Maplewood in their history of competing at Webster and ended the Mustangs’ hopes of winning their first in-season tournament since 2006.

Marquette takes their act back to Clarkson Road for the home- and conference-opener on Tuesday, December 11 as they host Lindbergh in a 7pm contest.

Leading Scorers:  Matt Hink-7, Tanner Stabenow-7.  Leading Rebounder:  Hink-15.  Leading Assists:  4 tied with 1.  MUSTANGS ON THE WEBSTER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:  Matt Hink & Brooks Gerrity  WEBSTER CLASSIC 3-POINT SHOOTOUT CHAMP:  Brooks Gerrity

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