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STRONG START TO SECOND HALF PUSHES STEVENS POINT PAST MARSHFIELD BOYS BASKETBALL


Marshfield's Jack Nordbeck scores inside during the first half of the Tigers' home game against Stevens Point on Saturday night. Point won, 60-43. (Photo by Paul Lecker/For Zaleski Sports)


By Paul Lecker

For Zaleski Sports


MARSHFIELD – Stevens Point used a 12-0 run early in the second half to pull away from Marshfield and went on to defeat the Tigers 60-43 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys basketball game Saturday night at Marshfield High School.


Stevens Point won its fourth game in a row to improve to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Marshfield, losers of five in a row, are now 2-10 overall and 2-7 in conference play.


The Panthers scored 11-straight points early in the game to take a quick 16-4 lead. Marshfield, which had eight turnovers and only one shot attempt from the field in the first nine minutes of the game, was able to claw back with a solid final nine minutes of the half.


Carson Kvernen made Marshfield’s first field goal with 8:52 to go, Jack Nordbeck added three baskets, Kvernen made another hoop and a 3-pointer, and Chase Hinson scored with 6 seconds left before halftime to help the Tigers close to within 26-20 at halftime.


After each team scored four points in the opening 2:12 of the second half, the Tigers went cold again and Stevens Point took control.


Four-straight free throws from James Jacobs and 3-pointers by Bryce Pelky and Damian Cjeka keyed the 12-0 run that gave the Panthers a 42-24 lead with 9:47 remaining. Marshfield would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.


Kvernen led Marshfield with 11 points and Jacobs finished with a game-high 22 points for SPASH.


Stevens Point will play at Wisconsin Rapids on Monday and host Wausau East on Tuesday. Marshfield returns to action Tuesday with a home game against Wausau West.


Panthers 60, Tigers 43

Stevens Point 26 34 - 60

Marshfield 20 23 - 43

STEVENS POINT (60): Damian Cejka 1-1 0-0 3, James Jacobs 8-12 5-6 22, Jack Dieckelman 1-2 0-0 3, Kenny Schultz 0-0 0-0 0, Gavin Hyer 3-10 0-0 8, Bryce Pelky 2-5 2-2 7, Jake Schultz 0-0 0-0 0, Parker VanderLoop 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Streveler 5-11 2-4 13, Benett Klish 0-0 0-0 0, Danny Zdroik 1-5 2-2 4. FG: 21-46. FT: 11-14. 3-pointers: 7-24 (Hyer 2-5, Cejka 1-1, Diekelman 1-2, Pelky 1-3, Jacobs 1-4, Streveler 1-5, Zdroik 0-4). Rebounds: 23 (Hyer 5). Turnovers: 5. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-2, 5-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

MARSHFIELD (43): Wyatt LeMoine 2-3 2-3 6, Chase Hinson 2-4 0-0 4, Sam Roherty 1-3 0-0 2, Gavin Fravert 2-5 3-4 8, Carson Kvernen 4-6 2-3 11, Matt Trulen 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Sommer 0-2 0-0 0, Marcus Perkins 0-1 0-0 0, Matt Donovan 0-4 0-0 0, Jack Nordbeck 3-5 4-4 10, Carston Freis 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 15-34. FT: 11-14. 3-pointers: 2-8 (Kvernen 1-2, Fravert 1-3, Donovan 0-1, Roherty 0-2). Rebounds: 23 (Kvernen 5, LeMoine 5). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-10, 2-7 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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