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It was a tough week for the UW-Marinette mens basketball team losing three straight games to fall to 1-6 on the season. Marinette came up short against Fox Valley Tech 88-85 Wednesday, Washington County 79-75 Saturday and UW-Fox Valley 66-52 Monday.
UW Boys Edged
By Foxes 88-85
The UW-Marinette men lost a close one to Fox Valley Tech last Wednesday by a final of 88-85 despite looking better and playing a more complete game than it has all season long.
"Overall, we played much better tonight than we have so far this season," said UW-Marinette boss George Hayes. Our defense had some letdowns that we need to clean up."
Defensive letdowns aside, there's reason to be excited about what appears to be a surging Bucs' offense. The Marinette cagers went 12-for-15 from beyond the arc on Wednesday in a spectacular display of shooting proficiency.
But it would end up being the little things, the correctable things, that kept the UW men (1-4) from snagging victory against the Foxes (4-1). Fox Valley Tech converted 21 of 30 free throw attempts to just seven of 15 from the Bucs.
Jonte Wells continued his strong offensive play for Marinette, turning in 29 points and 10 boards against the Foxes while teammate Devonte Coe added 16 points. Casey Wilson also finished with 16.
Poor Defense Costs
Another Close Game
The Marinette men made the long trip to West Bend Saturday to play Washington, where another off start saw the team slip too far back to recover, eventually falling to the Wildcats 79-75.
"It was very disappointing to see us get off to such a bad start again this week," said UW Marinette head coach George Hayes. "We did not play well on the defensive end of the court again. Some of the things we have talked about in practice did not transfer to the game."
After seven minutes of play on Saturday, the Bucs found themselves down 17-7 and the early-season slow starts that the team is becoming known for are looking to be the squad's biggest hang up, especially seeing as how strong they've been finishing games lately, only to come up just short. They tried to utilize the skills of some players who have not yet had a lot of time on the floor last Saturday. Tom Conine and Gage Raminger put in some solid minutes and could find themselves playing more in the future.
"They both played solid basketball at both ends of the court," said Hayes of Conine and Raminger. "It was just what we needed on a day when so many of our guys were playing lackluster basketball."
Sophomore guard Jonte Wells continues to provide the majority of offensive spark for Marinette and on Saturday, he turned in 22 points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Casey Wilson had 19 points and 10 boards.
Much For Bucs
The UW-Fox Valley basketball squad is a tall, athletic and experienced group that would pose a big challenge for many teams in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.
The Marinette cage crew, talented as its players may be individually, is still struggling to find a sense of cohesion as a unit.
The result of these two teams meeting went as predictably as it probably should have on Monday night as the Cyclones came to town and defeated the Bucs 66-52.
Poor ball handling to start the second half for Marinette proved to be the deciding factor in this one as the Cyclones parlayed third quarter miscues by the Bucs into a 46-28 lead. Jonte Wells led the Bucs with 16 points and seven boards while Anthony Dunbar added 14 points and six rebounds. Shaqell Mullin chipped in nine points.