Tony Munos, Adam Coil lead Tigers past Muskies in OT
Walker drove to the basket and appeared to have an open layup, but Adam Coil had other plans.
Marietta’s 6-foot-5 senior closed in and rejected Walker’s shot attempt to force over time, and the Tigers outscored the Muskies 6-1 in the extra session to win 50-45 Saturday at Sutton Gym.
The block was Coil’s fifth of the night to go along with a whopping 18 rebounds. Though he only scored two points, he made his presence felt the entire game.
“He’s putting a lot of pride in his defense and rebounding, and that’s what we need,” said Marietta head coach J.D. Secrest.
“We’ve challenged him defensively to get every rebound. Starting probably with the Warren game, he really started to go after it. We want him to get double digit rebounds and I know he had a bunch tonight.”
Coil recalled the pivotal block at the end of regulation, which only happened because of a mistake on his part, he said.
“We were supposed to switch on that,” said Coil, who helped MHS improve to 4-5 this season. “I kind of messed up. As (Walker) was going to the basket I was like, ‘Ah shoot, I’ve got to recover.’ I just jumped up and blocked. I don’t really remember what was going through my head or anything. I just tried to make up for my mistake.”
Make up for it, he did.
Tony Munos scored a game-high 26 points. His shot attempt 27 seconds into overtime didn’t fall, but Mark Duckworth was there for the putback plus a foul. He converted the three-point play to make it 47-44.
The Tigers held strong on defense and kept John Glenn scoreless until Avery Palmer, who led the Muskies with 20 points, made 1 of 2 at the free throw line to cut it to 47-45 with 39 seconds left. Munos then took the inbound pass and went to coast to coast for a layup that made it a four-point game, and that was it.
“It was a huge win,” Munos said. “It’s our second in a row. I think we’re going to get stuff rolling now and I think we’re going to have a good season.”
It was Marietta’s first victory of the season at Sutton Gymnasium.
“It’s finally nice to get a win at home,” Secrest said. “We hadn’t played very well our last couple games here at home. Nice to get a W at home. We haven’t been here very often.”
Marietta started fast, jumping out to a 19-8 lead after a quarter. Munos scored 12 of his 26 points in the first eight minutes.
“They were putting a little pressure on me, but I trust in my teammates to set screens for me and help get me open,” Munos said. “Just finding ways to score to help my team get a W.”
For Marietta, turnovers (18) and free throw shooting (4 for 15) didn’t help the cause. The Muskies took advantage in the second quarter, trimming their deficit to five, 26-21, at halftime.
The Tigers led 39-32 after three quarters, and Munos’ 3-pointer to open the fourth made it a 10-point game. Munos made four 3-pointers in the game.
“He’s always ballin’ out there,” Coil said of Munos. “We know if we need some buckets we give the ball to him. He’s a lot of fun to play with. He makes my job a lot easier. I’ve just got to be a body out there and he does his magic.”
Added Secrest, “Tony stepped up and played well tonight. He shot well from the 3-point line. That just gives him another dimension.”
The double digit lead was short-lived, though, as John Glenn drained 3-pointers on its next three possessions to get within 44-41.
With 1:40 left in the fourth, Walker knocked down his second trey of the period to tie the game up.
With a minute remaining, Tyler Kytta’s jumper was off the mark, setting up Walker’s go-ahead attempt.
But Coil saved the day.
“For whatever reason, we like to make it interesting,” Secrest said. “Tonight, it almost cost us. Last couple minutes, we stepped up and made some plays.
“We did enough to get out of here with a win.”
Munos’ 26 points led the way, but A.J. Graham complemented him with 11. Duckworth contributed nine points and eight boards. The Tigers out-rebounded the Muskies 42-26, with Coil doing the heavy lifting.
“I think it’s really just about out-working the other guy,” Coil said of rebounding. “If you put more effort into it, you’re going to get the ball most of the time.”
John Glenn (3-7) got 10 points and eight boards from Walker. The Muskies shot 31 3-pointers in the game, making 10. Five of those makes came from Palmer.
Marietta will look to build on the win. The Tigers were supposed to play Meigs Tuesday, but that game is now off due to the Marauders being quarantined according to Secrest. Marietta’s next scheduled game is Friday at New Philadelphia, but the Tigers may try to find an opponent for Tuesday.
“That’s two games in a row now we’ve had a big lead and the other team has come back and we’ve had to really pick it up in the fourth quarter,” Coil remarked. “I think it’s just a good emotional win, psychological win. It was a hard fought battle but we came out on top. We lost two overtime games at the beginning of the year. Now we’re starting to build that confidence and be able to handle the pressure at the end of a game.”
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