Marshall rode five 3-pointers by senior Robby Ranville and a scoreless third quarter from Albion on their way to a 45-39 victory in non-conference boys’ basketball action at Marshall.
“It’s a great traditional rivalry for us, going back to the days of the Twin Valley. It’s always a huge game for both communities,” said Marshall head coach Nicholas Dent. “My guys were fired up tonight. It’s just always exciting to play Albion and I’m thrilled for our seniors that they could go out with a victory against them.”
After an early 9-0 lead by Albion (1-3), Marshall (3-1) was able to go on a 20-5 run. The Redhawks were then able to take a 35-23 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats played man-to-man defense for much of the first half, which Marshall was able to exploit.
“We haven’t been playing very good man-to-man, so I stayed in it probably longer than I should have,” said Albion head coach Durant Crum. “Marshall did a good job of executing in their man-to-man offense – a lot of screens, a lot of cuts, a lot of picks. “
Albion turned up their defense in the second half though, holding Marshall to 10 points in the half.
“(Ranville) shot very well for us in the first half. We didn’t knock down those shots in the second half, but Albion really turned up the pressure on us a little,” said Dent.
Fortunately for the Redhawks, Albion couldn’t generate any offense in the third quarter, posting zero points.
“We just haven’t been executing offensively. The third quarter was a pretty good example. What we do on offense hasn’t been very consistent,” said Crum.
The Wildcats did get 16 points in the fourth quarter.
“We gave ourselves a chance down the stretch. Hats off to Marshall, they played smart, they played hard, and it was difficult for us to dig out of that hole,”
Ranville led all scorers with 21 points. Trevor Travis also added 12 points, including a dunk, for the Redhawks.
Albion was led in scoring by Matthew Skinner, who had 14 points. Glenn Estelle also added nine for the contest.