Prep boys basketball: Quakers defeat Tigers
The biggest strength for Marietta this season has been its post play. Big men Jonathan Wood and Braden Riley paced the Tigers in scoring and rebounding through their first six games.
Friday night, however, Marietta ran into a New Philadelphia team that is also equipped with good size down low. Ethan Boose and Marc Colombo, listed at 6-foot-6 and 6-5, respectively, netted 68 percent of the Quakers’ points Friday as New Philadelphia took down Marietta by a score of 57-35 at Sutton Gymnasium.
Colombo scored 24 and grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds and Boose added 15 markers and six boards. The two combined to make 16-of-21 free throw attempts as well.
“They have good post play just like we have good post play,” said Marietta head coach Mark Duckworth.
“Colombo stepped up his game and was able to get to the line. He had some offensive putbacks hurt us.”
Overall, New Philly out-rebounded Marietta 30-18. The Quakers also held a big advantage at the charity stripe, going 23-for-31 compared 7-for-20 for Marietta.
“I thought we missed some easy baskets, some scoring opportunities,” Duckworth said.
“We weren’t sticking our free throws and that’s not a good formula.”
Despite the lopsided score at the end, MHS hung tough in the first half.
After committing turnovers on its first three possessions, Marietta finally scored the game’s first points when Riley made a basket at the 5:17 mark. Boose responded with a bucket to put the Quakers on the board before Riley and Colombo traded 2-pointers to tie things up at 4-4.
After Hill hit a pair of free throws, Caleb Beans drained a jumper followed by four straight points from Boose to give New Philly a 10-6 lead.
With 50 seconds left in the opening quarter, Riley found Corey Hill underneath the basket for 2.
On the Quakers’ ensuing possession, point guard Dylan Hagan drove hard towards the basket with time running down and kicked out to Braden Young in the corner. Young nailed the wide open 3-pointer at the horn to give the Quakers a 13-8 lead.
Hill responded with a triple to open the second period. Midway through the quarter, a layup by Colombo and two freebies by Boose made it 19-12. A basket by Hill and a foul shot by Connor Beavers cut it to a 4-point game. At the 2:29 mark, Colombo put in two free throws before Riley answered with a putback basket to keep the deficit at four points. Young and Colombo each hit a pair of foul shots in the final two minutes to extend the advantage to eight points at halftime.
The third quarter is when New Philadelphia started to distance itself from the orange and black. Putbacks by Colombo and Boose made the score 35-22, but Hill answered with a deep 3 from the corner bring Marietta within 10.
From there, New Philly closed the third period on a 13-2 run to go up 48-27 at the end of the third quarter. Marietta would cut the deficit to below 20 just once the remainder of the game as the Quakers were able to get out of town with a win.
“I thought that New Philly’s experience really showed in the third quarter,” Duckworth said.
“They’re experienced players and they created some separation in the third quarter.”
Hill was Marietta’s top scorer with 14 points. Riley added 10 and hauled in eight boards. New Philly held Wood to just two points.
The Quakers went to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the East Central Ohio League with the victory. Marietta’s record dipped to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Marietta’s next game will be Tuesday against the other team that made the Division II regional final game last season, the Warren Warriors.
Duckworth coached at Warren for 15 years.
“It won’t be any easier Tuesday,” Duckworth said. “I get to see all my old friends. We have tremendoes repsect for Warren and their program.”
The junior varsity game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. in Vincent.