Clintonville struggles offensively in loss
By Erik Buchinger
The Trucker boys’ basketball team was defeated 71-41 at home against Marinette on Friday, Jan. 12.
Clintonville shot 16 of 50 from the field for 32 percent and made 6 of 26 (23 percent) from the three-point line in the loss.
“We didn’t shoot very well, and we didn’t defend very well,” Clintonville head coach Shawn Howe said. “I think we turned the ball over way too much. I thought the tempo was going pretty good in the first half, but they hit a coupe shots, and our transition D wasn’t very good.”
Clintonville’s Sam Wittman led the Truckers with 12 points and made four 3-pointers on 12 attempts, and Aiden Polzin added 10 points.
The Truckers led 12-11 with nine minutes left in the first half before Marinette went on a 10-0 run and extended its lead to 31-18 at halftime.
Clintonville began the second half with two consecutive turnovers that led to breakaway layups for Marinette.
“With those two turnovers, they went on a run, and it was all over,” Howe said.
Marinette went with a zone defense and forced 17 Clintonville turnovers, which led to 22 points for the Marines.
“I thought we had good scoring opportunities,” Howe said. “Thirty-two percent isn’t going to do you too well, and 6-for-26 from the three-point line isn’t going to do you much justice, but a lot of them were good shots. They didn’t go win. I thought we rebounded pretty well too considering their size. I thought we did alright on the boards.”
Clintonville’s Sean Finger led the team with seven rebounds and added seven points in the loss.
The Truckers dropped to 3-8 this season including 1-6 in the North Eastern Conference.