By Ashley Hoitink
Defense wins games, but having some offensive prowess doesn’t hurt either. Winnipeg Gold’s Tiernan Marshall showed that he knows how to work all positions, exploding for 31 points in a nail-biting win against same-town rival Winnipeg Blue. Things were looking bleak for Winnipeg Gold, being down 51-39 at the half, but they collected themselves at the half to break out with a 16-2 run to begin the third quarter.
The Winnipeg Blue defense was not to be ignored, who kept pace with Winnipeg Gold throughout the remainder of the third and fourth quarter. With the lead bouncing back and forth, it was Winnipeg Gold’s composure with free throws down the line that gave them the boost they needed, going 5 for 7 as a team to give them the 95-90 win. Winnipeg Gold’s Noah Dornn went 3 for 4 on free throws in the fourth quarter, and had 23 points overall in the game. Leading scorers for Winnipeg Blue was Kyle Lai, with 16 points, followed by Shawn Maranan with 15 points.
Winnipeg Gold will play Parkland on Tuesday.
Earlier round-robin play saw Westman and Winnipeg Gold face off with Winnipeg Gold taking the game 58-45. Scoring was fairly even for Winnipeg Gold with 11 players on the scoreboard. Tiernan Marshall led with nine points for Winnipeg Gold, while Westman’s Dayton Black had a game-high 13 points.
In the Smart Pool, Eastman easily handled the Norman team by a score of 90-58. DeMar Kraus had 20 points for the Eastman, and Matthew Kaspick poured in 14 points for Norman.
Back to the Power Pool, Winnipeg Blue beat Central 79-62. Shawn Maranan had a game-high 21 points for Winnipeg Blue, while Tyler Klassen had 14 points for Central.
To end off the round-robin, Parkland took down Interlake 69-39. Joshua Marshall topped with 22 points for Parkland and Carl LeBlanc had 14 points for Interlake.