With three players registering double-doubles, the Menominee Maroons opened the 2013-14 basketball season in style with a 68-40 road win over Superior Central Monday night. Looking to replace four starters from last year, the Maroons owned a 28-22 second quarter edge before closing out the game on a 40-18 run.
For a first game we played well but got tired at times which is expected, Maroon coach Pete Pericolosi said. We had good balance scoring and played better as the game went on.
Tyler Howell (65) paced the Maroons with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Devon Harris added 11 points and 10 assists while Ty Clausen (65) had 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Maroons also saw Devon Barley net 12 points and sophomore guard Adam Nolde 10.
Howell had a nice game inside and is bigger this year, which allows him to muscle around more, Pericolosi added.
Relying on some tight man defense, the Maroons raced to a 21-9 first quarter lead as Howell exploited the paint area for 10 points. By halftime the Maroon cushion reached 37-22, but not before Superior Central closed within 28-22. Menominee ended the half on a 9-0 run and never looked back.
Over the final 16 minutes, the Maroons stayed in control with a 31-18 advantage.
Menominee finished with a 29-78 shooting mark (37%) and turned the ball over 15 times.
Menominee senior James Brown did not play due to a knee injury.
Cody Maki paced Superior Central (0-3), Class D school, with 10 points.
The Maroons (1-0) will return to the hardwood court Friday night entertaining Marinette at 7pm.