Marinette’s Garrett Waloway dribbles between Shawano defenders Travis Geenen (left) and Zachary Sousek in the first half Thursday in Marinette. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’s Garrett Waloway dribbles between Shawano defenders Travis Geenen (left) and Zachary Sousek in the first half Thursday in Marinette. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
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MARINETTE - Marinette just got a first-hand look at how far the Shawano boys' basketball team has progressed in one season.

Last year, the Hawks were spinning their wheels during an 8-15 season. Thursday, they improved to 6-0 in the Bay Conference with a dominating 69-36 win over the Marines.

An honorable mention pick in this week's Division 2 state poll, the Hawks (8-2 overall) own a win at Seymour. They picked apart the Marines with in-your-face defense, fast-break drives to the bucket, and half-court efficiency.

"It's a lot different defense," Shawano senior Clint Dallas said. "Guys playing to their full potential. We're really deep. We've got 12 or 13 guys who can play at any time."

In the first half, Shawano's tight man-to-man defense had the Marines in panic mode.

"We try to get up on people and just make them uncomfortable," Shawano first-year head coach Chris Kellett said. "And that led to some turnovers and some easy baskets the other way."

Seven players scored in the first half, when the Hawks built a 28-13 lead.

Travis Geenen and Zachary Sousek buried 3-pointers in the third quarter, as the Hawks pulled away.

The Hawks executed their scouting report by muscling Marine sophomore point guard Garrett Waloway with the bigger Sousek and by providing help defense on leading scorer Marcus Maguire.

"Once they took (Waloway) away, that really took us out of our game," Marinette coach Nick Semenas said. "They really used their size and speed against him. He's a really calming force. That's the first time we've seen him not get comfortable at all."

Maguire worked hard for his 13 points. Brian Klumb added nine and Matt Richmond scored six. But Marinette was just 10 for 36 from the field.

"It's the pressure," Semenas said. "You force things that you don't need to be forcing. They sped up the game on us."

The Marines did settle down in the second half and got better shots.

"I actually thought the third quarter we played well," Semenas said.

The Hawks were 26 for 51 from the field, and 13 players scored in their equal-opportunity offense.

"We have a lot of shooters , so we want to get the ball in transition," Kellett said. "We don't care who shoots."

Marinette's junior varsity lost 44-39. Jonte Webb scored 15 and Blayne Smejkal added seven for the Marines.

Marinette lost the freshman game 37-25. Kyle McMahon scored five for Marinette. Kevin Charlesworth and Austin Nicklaus each added four.

SHAWANO (69) - D. Frechette 7, Geenen 3, Knuellel 2, Neumann-Sleeper 2, Raddant 6, Dallas 3, Wilber 3, Sousek 11, Mueller 6, Lacy 13, Hintz 2, A. Frechette 7, Gueths 4. FGs: 26-51; FTs: 9-14
MARINETTE (36) - Maguire 13, Holley 0, Waloway 0, Jackimowicz 2, Starzynski 3, Klumb 9, Richmond 7, Greenlund 0, DeLong 2. FGs: 10-36; FTs: 12-20

Shawano 12 16 16 25 - 69
Marinette 3 10 7 16 - 36