Coming off a two week break and tough loss to Shasta Lake, Marsh went on the road to face a tough Mountain View team. Marsh struggled with Mountain View in years past, but this year’s team hoped to right the ship. My pregame message to the boys was to do the little things. I preached to limit turnovers, make layups, and hustle at all times. Early in the game it was apparent that Marsh was a little rusty from the break. Marsh committed 13 first half turnovers and missed a handful of free throws. Clinging to a four point lead at the half, my message to the boys stayed the same. The second half was like a different team, a team determined to put the game away. Led by terrific man to man defense, Marsh went on a 31-14 run to seal the victory. After committing 13 first half turnovers, Marsh only turned the ball over one time in the second half. Iqbal Khan, the team’s leading scorer, led the Gators with 10 points. Sean Seibert in his long awaited season debut, shined at the point guard position. Sean committed only two turnovers in the 16mins he was on the court and added 7 points as the second leading scorer. Marsh now 7-3 on the season, will have 10 days before they play again. The Gators will be attending the Dixon tournament Jan. 18 & 19. Stay tuned for game recaps from all of the tournament action.
The Marsh Gators are still trying to find their rhythm. Early in the season it is common to make mistakes, but for Marsh, these mistakes are the differences between a win and a loss. Marsh started the weekend’s tournament with a matchup against Jepson. The Gators came out slow and once again found themselves in an early deficit. Coming out of halftime trailing 12-9, Marsh was out to make a statement. For the second game in a row, Marsh dominated the second half by a score of 34-8 en route to a 43-20 win. Cody Billson led the team in scoring with 12 points (3/6 from beyond the arch). Kevin Kremer chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds. With a win, Marsh moved into the winner’s bracket to face Sutter. Marsh’s first half woes continued as they committed 12 first half turnovers. Finding themselves down 19-10 at the half, they looked to their second half dominance to lead them to a third straight comeback. Sutter had other plans and built upon their first half lead. Marsh finished the game with 26 turnovers on its way to their first loss of the season 33-21. Iqbal Khan led the Gators in scoring with 9 points. Marsh’s loss set them up with a matchup against Granite Oaks for third place. Marsh got off to a nice start as Cody Billson hit two three’s to jump start the Gator offense. Shortly thereafter, Marsh’s offense stalled and found themselves down 21-18 at halftime. Start of the third quarter, Marsh continued to struggle on the offensive side of the floor only scoring 7 points. Marsh down by 7 to start the fourth quarter looked for a last minute comeback but their efforts fell short as Granite Oaks beat Marsh 42-39. Cody Billson led the Gators in scoring for the second time this tournament. Cody finished the weekend with 21 points shooting 50% (6/12) from beyond the arch. Billson’s outstanding offensive outing and strong defensive effort got him named to the all-tournament team. Marsh finished the tournament with 1-2 record but took 4th place. Marsh 2-2 on the season have a few days off before a rematch against Chico Junior. The game is Thursday, December 19 and starts at 6:30pm at Chico Junior. Marsh also has a big tournament this weekend in Redding. Stay tuned for game recaps from Thursday’s night rematch and all of the weekend’s tournament action. Go Gators!
The Gators got off to a slow start but finished strong en route to a 46-24 win. Marsh and Chico Junior squared off in what turned out to be another battle between rivals. Marsh jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but the Cougars of Chico Junior battled back to make it 5-4. Both offenses struggled to get into a groove as the teams combined for 25 first half points. The second half proved to be much different. Marsh with a slight 16-9 lead at the half came out firing on all cylinders. The Gators built up a 10 point advantage with a minute to go in the third quarter. A few miscues allowed Chico Junior to get two buckets to cut the lead to 6. The fourth quarter is where Marsh found its rhythm. Led by Marsh’s press defense, the Gators went on 18-2 run to finish in dominating fashion. Iqbal Khan led the Gators in scoring with fifteen points. 10 of Iqbal’s 15 points came in the second half. Jacob Abdulmasih added 10 points as the second leading scorer. Kevin Kremer and Justice Keating added 6 points a piece. Marsh has few days to prepare for this weekend’s Sutter Christmas tournament. Marsh’s first game of the tournament is this Saturday at 12pm against Jepson.
Marsh took the court on Saturday with hopes of three wins and a preseason tournament championship. Early in the first game it looked like this was the case, as Cody Billson started the game with eight straight points. Shortly after that, it was apparent that Marsh had a little bit of rust. They were able to pull away late in the first game to beat the Bay Area Renegades. Jacob Abdulmasih was a key factor in sealing the victory for Marsh. Games two and three on the day would turn out to be much different than that of the first. Marsh really struggled to get into any type of rhythm offensively or defensively in the next two games losing 42-8 & 30-20. The Gators were killed by turnovers committing 48 in just three games. Marsh hopes to rebound in their home opener against cross town rival Chico Junior. Game starts at 5:30pm.
It’s that’s time of year again, Basketball season! After four hard weeks of practice and months of anticipation, we are finally ready to play some basketball! Marsh will have a tough test right out of the gate as they face three top notch opponents in this weekend’s Hardwood Palace tournament. The Gators kickoff their season against the Bay Area Renegades at 2:25pm. They will conclude their tournament with games against ASA Prime at 5:40pm and Reno Ballers at 6:45pm. Stay tuned for post game recaps.
As many of us are already thinking about how we will stuff our faces with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure you enjoy the time with family and friends.
For all of my basketball players, if you were fortunate enough to get a few days off from basketball, make sure you don’t let your basketball skills suffer. Make an effort to get up a hundred shots each day and add some individual dribbling to make sure you stay on top of your game. If you want to be the best then you must put in the time and effort off the court!
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
We are just a little over a month away from game action! That means the next few weeks of practice are very important to make sure our team is ready and prepared. It all starts with the coaches. As a coach, I put together daily practice plans to make sure we stay on track and reach our final goal. Each practice plan is structured to maximize the full amount of time. This is the start of a successful season!