LE GRAND - It was a result never experienced by the Trojans last year.
A regular season defeat.
They weren't about to let it happen twice in a row.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
West Marshall’s Duncan Ferch (15) accelerates past East Marshall’s Ben Terrones in NICL West Division basketball at Le Grand Friday. Ferch tallied 12 points as the Trojans handed the Mustangs their 21st straight defeat.
Using their size to dominate the glass and get numerous points in the paint, the West Marshall boys' basketball team rebounded from a loss Monday with an 84-52 victory over East Marshall in NICL West Division play Friday.
"We saw that their tallest guy was 6-feet so we preached that we needed to go inside and try to pound the boards," said West Marshall coach Paul deNeui, whose squad found themselves undersized in their season opening loss to Pella Christian.
"It was kind of our Achilles heel against Pella Christian who had bigger kids. Tonight we were the ones that took care of the boards."
West Marshall 84, East Marshall 52
At Le Grand
WEST MARSHALL (1-1) - Duncan Ferch 5 2-2 12, Elijah Streeter 3 0-0 5, Christian Vis 4 0-1 8, Jacob Pszanka 3 6-8 13, Reggie Gradwell 2 0-0 4, Tyler O'Donnell 5 0-0 10, Matt Van Metre 2 0-0 4, Colby Dunn 3 3-6 9, Clayton Green 5 2-2 12, Ben Heinrich 1 0-0 2, Nate Juel 1 2-2 5. Totals 28 13-20 82.
EAST MARSHALL (0-1) - Waker Steward 7 2-4 18, Payton Steward 0 0-0 0, Ben Terrones 3 3-4 11, Nate DeBondt 0 0-0 0, Mitch Berry 1 0-0 2, Austin Briney 0 0-0 0, Ryan Puumala 0 0-0 0, Nick Mommer 2 0-0 4, Nate Rosfjord 1 0-0 2, Zack Johnson 4 0-0 9, Josh Wilson 3 0-2 6. Totals 21 5-10 52.
3-Point Goals - WM 5 (Ferch 2, Streeter, Pszanka, Juel) EM 5 (W.Steward 2, Terrones 2, Johnson)
Jacob Pszanka led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points and was one of four Trojans to hit double figures.
A basket from Tyler O'Donnell capped an 8-0 run and gave the visitors some breathing room at 22-14 after a nip-and-tuck first frame that ended with a 17-14 lead for the Trojans (1-1, 1-0). West Marshall pounded the boards for putbacks and free throws as Clayton Green and Pszanka combined to hit six straight from the line before Elijah Streeter's jumper closed an 18-6 push to give the visitors a hefty 32-18 advantage.
"We couldn't box them out at all for the life of us. Even in the first half, that's the reason we were down because (West Marshall) got so many easy looks right under the basket," said East Marshall Cole Anderson, whose squad lost its 21st straight game.
West Marshall took a 15-point cushion into the break (40-25) and didn't relent in the third as a 16-6 surge widened the lead to 56-31 following a putback from Green late in the quarter. The Trojans outscored East Marshall (0-1, 0-1) 23-11 in the quarter to take a 60-38 cushion into the final frame.
Duncan Ferch and Green tallied 15 points apiece, while O'Donnell finished with 10. Colby Dunn chipped in nine and Christian Vis added eight.
Walker Steward led the Mustangs with a game-high 18 points, while Ben Terrones added 11 and Zack Johnson had nine.
The Trojans were coming off a 68-53 loss to Pella Christian at home Monday after an undefeated 21-win regular season in 2011-12.
Starting its fifth year in the NICL West, West Marshall improved its mark to 50-1 in conference play, while extending its active win streak to 32 in the league.
"We played pretty well considering it's our first game. We're still trying to figure things out with a new offense," said Anderson.
"There's definitely some positives we can build from."
Despite the dominance inside, the Trojans still have plenty to improve upon.
"We've still got a lot of things to clean up, but right now we're progressing in the right direction," deNeui said.
Both teams return to action Tuesday. West Marshall faces Grundy Center on the road, while East Marshall has a road test against South Tama.