Marshall and O’Connor met at Northside gym for the first of the district match up in the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday, January 9. Marshall has been to the playoffs for the last two seasons. Their first run in the 2015-2016 playoffs were the deepest as they lost in the third round. Marshall advanced further than any other Northside team that year.
Last year, the playoff run came to an earlier exit in the second round.
Marshall continued to bring an aggressive style defense to the floor switching from zone to man to man keeping the Panthers off balanced. This aggressive defense also created some key turnovers in the game allowing the Rams to protect and early lead.
In the battle of point guards Levi Reed from Marshall (11) and Brock Weaver (3) Panthers provided entertainment for everyone in the gym. Both athletes demonstrated sharp moves and both controlled the ball very well.
Reed connected for three from downtown a few times during the night helping to cement the Ram victory.
Post play from both teams allowed for some momnumental collisons as both teams posted up at the rim attempting layups. During the early part of the game, Marshall controlled the offensive and defensive boards well. As the night progressed, O’Connor started to find more defensive boards. However, they could not perform enough stops in the game to turn around the Marshall lead.
With the victory Marshall’s district record improves to 6-3 keeping them in the playoff picture. O’Connor’s district record falls to 3-6.
In the second game of the night’s double header, Clark squared off against Brennan Bears. The Cougars fell in the district matchup 70-58
The Bears are a young team with a height to make up for the difference between experience in their opponent.
With the win Brennan improved to 6-3 in district play, and Clark fell to 3-6 in the district race.
Northside teams will see action again on Friday when the teams continue the race for the playoffs.
Friday 1/12/2018 6:00PM Brandeis HS Clark HS Northside Gym
Friday 1/12/2018 6:00PM O’Connor HS Brennan HS Harlan District Gym
Friday 1/12/2018 6:00PM Warren HS Taft HS Paul Taylor
Friday 1/12/2018 7:30PM Holmes HS Stevens HS Northside Gym
Friday 1/12/2018 7:30PM Marshall HS Jay HS Paul Taylor
District play will take a break after the Friday match ups and resume on January 19.
Currenlty the district race is also taking on a wild picture. After Tuesday’s games, Warren and Stevens remain tied for the top spot in the distrct with 8-1 records. Brennan is sitting in the second spot with a 7-2 record. Tied for third is Brandeis and Marshall with a 6-3 record. O’Connor and Clark are tied for the fourth position with 3-6 records. The top four schools will advance to the playoffs.
Friday marks the start of the second round of play for the district teams. Each team will have eight more games to either improve their record and knock off the current leaders or the current leaders can keep their lead over the district.