Second-half surge lifts Rockets over Winona
It was an impressive start for the Rochester John Marshall boys basketball team, with an especially impressive second half.
JM outscored Winona 36-23 after intermission Tuesday night and climbed past highly regarded Winona 58-52 in its season-opener at JM.
The Rockets got a huge boost from point guard Marcus Sherels. Sherels, a reluctant shooter last year, totaled 11 points, all in the second half. The senior point guard also had six rebounds and five assists.
"It was nice to have Marcus step up like that, elevate his game, and really utilize his quickness getting to the basket," JM coach Eric Plitzuweit said.
JM also got a big game from 6-foot-7 center Tyler Cain. The senior scored 20 points, hitting 9 of 10 field-goal tries, and added 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior forward Eric Schaefer added 11 points.
JM, which trailed 29-22 at the half, used pressure defense to force Winona into 10 second-half turnovers. The Rockets also excelled with their fast break after intermission.
"I thought our seniors stepped up tonight and showed great leadership," Plitzuweit said.
Winona was led by Brad Meyer with 16 points. Jeff Peckover added 12, 10 of them in the first half.
PARK 71,CENTURY 53
Panthers' inexperience shows
Rochester Century knew it would have plenty of learning and sorting out to do as it began its season.
Plenty of it happened Tuesday in the Panthers' season-opener, a 71-53 loss to formidable Park of Cottage Grove, at Century.
The Panthers begin the season with no returning starters from a year ago.
"We are just experienced," Century coach Jeff Wells said. "Plus, Park is a very good team. We played hard. We just have to keep doing that and learning the things it's going to take to beat people."
Century was paced by forward Jeff Brock with nine points, and Matt Deedrick and David Pease with eight apiece. Deedrick, a junior guard who has the most varsity experience on the team, got all of his points in the second half.
Park was led by sophomore guard Jake Lindstrom, with 20 points. Inside players Bryan Rosett and Kazzim Oshodi added 19 and 16 points, respectively.
Century plays host to Faribault on Friday.
RED WING 40, MAYO 24
Mayo scores 8 in first half
If you like offense when you watch basketball games, then you didn't want to be at Rochester Mayo.
The Spartans scored just eight points in the first half and fell 40-24 to Red Wing. Nobody on the Mayo team had more than four points.
"I don't know how to describe it," said Mayo coach Shaun Lang. "We couldn't get it going offensively.
"It was a helpless feeling and I hope I never feel it again."
Lang said he was feeling OK about the team at halftime, when the score was 15-8 in Red Wing's favor. Twelve of those points came on three-point shots and Mayo's defense was doing the job.
"When you play that good on defense and offensively you are getting good looks, you think it will change."
Mayo was within 10 points until late in the fourth quarter when Red Wing stretched the lead with free throws.
"Maybe we need to make some adjustments," said Lang. "Our team needs to learn to find each others strengths and maybe find a few more opportunities for some guys who didn't get them tonight."
The Spartans slip to 0-2 and head to Austin for their conference opener on Friday.