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Morgantown boys mush Huskies

Yester: MHS played one of its best games of season

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Morgantown's Tyler Benson puts up a shot against North Marion's Justin Jarman.


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When the Morgantown boys' basketball team faced North Marion earlier in the season, the Huskies gave MHS all it could handle.

This time, the Mohigans were ready to play, winning, 86-43, in what their coach said was among the best games they've played all season.

It was an electric atmosphere in the MHS gym, as the fans and students frustrated the visiting Huskies. This was evidenced in the first minute by an air ball by North Marion followed by a defensive blunder that left MHS's Ben Torsney wide open for a layup off an inbounds play.

North Marion kept it close for most of the first quarter, but then the Mohigans went on a 10-0 run to end the quarter and didn't let up for the rest of the game.

Chris Carey sparked the run with two 3-pointers and two free throws.

"In warmups I don't think I hit a 3 the whole time," Carey said. "I had a terrible warmup, and then I came out and missed my first shot. I thought it was going to be a long night because my last two games have been long nights."

After missing his first 3-pointer, Carey made his next five, finishing with 19 points. Tyler Benson scored 15 and Torsney had 14.

One of North Marion's leaders, senior guard Rickey Sell, picked up two quick fouls. He came back and scored 21 points, but most of them came in the second half when the game was all but over. Sell was the only Husky to score in double figures.

MHS shut down the Huskies' big man, 6-foot-7 Justin Jarman, who finished with four points.

"We knew that Jarman and Sell were two terrific athletes so we had to do something to offset them, so we junk-defensed a little and switched defenses," MHS coach Tom Yester said. "We played three different zones and we were able to keep two or three bodies around Justin. Nobody else was able to get hot except Rickey."

Yester said that this was probably his team's best effort of the season. The Mohigans dominated every facet, easily winning the turnover and rebound battles. Coming off the bench, Justin Hall and John Oliver were able to contribute quickly.

In Hall's first minute, he drilled a 3-pointer. Oliver hustled down the floor for a transition layup in his first minute. In the fourth quarter, they combined on a beautiful drive and dish from Hall to Oliver.

"We can go 10 (players) deep if the situation is right," Yester said.

MHS scored 27 points off the bench.

Morgantown 86, N. Marion 43


Offutt 1 0-0 2, Devaul 1 0-0 3, Daniel 1 0-0 2, Marks 0 3-4 3, Sell 6 9-10 21, Russell 1 0-3 2, Jarman 2 0-0 4, Parsons 0 2-2 2, Dublin 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 14-19 43.


Kerns 1 2-2 4, Hall 2 3-4 8, Benson 4 7-7 15, Oliver 2 0-0 4, Carey 6 2-2 19, Robinson 2 2-2 6, Law 3 0-0 7, Torsney 5 4-4 14, Holt 2 0-0 4, Straface 0 2-2 2, Dunn 1 1-2 3. Totals 28 23-25 86.

North Marion8 11 11 13 -- 43

Morgantown20 22 24 20 -- 86

3-point goals--North Marion 1 (Devaul 1), Morgantown 7 (Carey 5, Hall 1, Law 1). Rebounds--North Marion 20, Morgantown 31.

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