Tanner Curry (left) scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in a win against Lawrence. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Big second half carries Martin to victory over Lawrence

Jason Wesseldyk

During Christmas break, the Martin boys’ basketball team stepped up its level of competition by taking on a pair of Class B schools in the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament.
On Friday, Jan. 6, the Clippers got back to playing a team more its own size when they traveled to Lawrence. That turned out to be bad news for the host Tigers.
Martin scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back in posting the 74-37 victory.
Three Clippers scored in double figures, led by 21 from Tanner Curry. Carter Hilton added 17 points, while Cayden Curry went for 14.
Tanner Curry also pulled down 11 rebounds for the double-double. Cayden Curry had eight rebounds.
“It was a good team win for us,” Martin coach David Curry said. “Everybody got a lot of minutes tonight and they all were able to contribute offensively.”
Following their strong start, Martin led 20-12 after one quarter and were up 41-30 at halftime. Still, David Curry didn’t particularly like what he was seeing at the time, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
“Our defense played selfish at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter and Lawrence did a good job of taking advantage of our mistakes,” he said.
That resulted in a little halftime “pep talk.”
“We reminded them of the things we worked on all week in preparation,” David Curry said.
Apparently the message resonated, as the Clippers held Lawrence to seven points in the third quarter before shutting out the Tigers in the final stanza.
“We came out with a fire lit and were able to shut their offense down in the second half,” David Curry said. “The kids responded well and fixed the things we asked them to. I’m very proud of the team for the way they played in the second half.
“We obviously played great defense and it created a lot of great offensive opportunities for us. It’s tough to hold a team scoreless in a quarter, so our kids should take some pride in the way they played in the fourth quarter.”
Matt MacVean and August Shettler added five points each for Martin (4-2), with MacVean also grabbing five rebounds. Canton VandenBerg and Jacob Gabala chipped in with four points each.


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