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Marshall ends Trojans' boys basketball season, 65-45

After routing the second-seeded team in the Section 2AAA boys basketball tournament in the quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded Worthington Trojans were unable to pull off a second upset Tuesday night when they traveled to Marshall to play the third-seeded Marshall Tigers.

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MARSHALL -- After routing the second-seeded team in the Section 2AAA boys basketball tournament in the quarterfinals, the sixth-seeded Worthington Trojans were unable to pull off a second upset Tuesday night when they traveled to Marshall to play the third-seeded Marshall Tigers.

The Tigers got off to a fast start in Tuesday’s semifinal contest, prevailing 65-45 to end the WHS season.

Senior guard Josh Baker scored 27 points for the winners while Charlie Jacobson and Bryce Lance finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Senior guard Terbuto Ochothow tallied 16 points for WHS while fellow senior Brock Bruns scored nine points with three assists. Meer Othow added five rebounds.

Marshall, using its vaunted 1-2-1 press, gained a 7-0 early lead while taking advantage of Trojan carelessness with the basketball. By halftime, the Tigers led 34-18.

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“We just couldn’t get things going in the first half offensively,” head coach Clint Meyer said.

Still, the Trojans fought. Between the 8-minute and 4-minute mark of the second half the visitors cut the margin to 10 points as super-athlete Lance went down with an ankle injury. But the Tigers hit their free throws down the stretch to stay in front.

Worthington, coming off a convincing tournament victory over Mankato East in the tournament quarterfinals, had been playing well as of late. Meyer said the Trojans went into Tuesday’s game with confidence, recalling that they had played Marshall tough in their last regular season meeting.

Worthington ends the 2021 season with a 9-11 record.

“It was up and down,” said Meyer about the campaign. “I think early in the year we were playing really good. We just weren’t winning those close games. And then we won four or five in a row in the middle of the season. We kind of went on a skid late when we had that tough road stretch. Games like that got us kind of prepared and helped us win that road game against Mankato East.”

Worthington 18 45

Marshall 34 65

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