CLINTONVILLE, Wis.—Sometimes the shots just don’t fall. This is what became of the Marinette boys basketball team in a 65-51 loss at Clintonville on Thursday.

One game after going off for a season-high 31 points against Oconto Falls, Jake Sommerfeldt was held scoreless while the Marines shot 35% from the field.

“They did a really goo job on Jake,” Marinette coach Matt Joost said. “They we’re bumping him on screens and making him work for everything. Every shot was contested, but he still helped us a lot. His game is not just scoring. He made the right passes when he wasn’t the open guy, made good decisions and still impacted the game in a lot of ways.”

The loss dropped the Marines to 4-8 on the season and 2-5 in North Eastern Conference play. Clintonville improved to 6-6 (3-3 NEC).

Braden Bizelle picked up the slack by hitting all three shots he attempted from beyond the arc, and scoring all of his season-high 11 points in the first half.

“Braden was the biggest reason we were still in the game at halftime,” Joost said. “When they were gunning for our leading scorers, he was the one who stepped up. I thought this was his best game overall.”

The Marines trailed 34-31 at the intermission.

Keegan Polomis had a solid all-around night with 10 points, nine boards, five assists and four steals.

“Keegan did a good job especially late in the first half,” Joost said. “With them focusing on Jake and Sam (Sommerfeldt) he had a few more open looks. Defensively he was great as usual.”

Sam Sommerfeldt and Carson Erdman each finished with nine points.

The Marines are back in action Tomorrow when they travel to Little Chute. The Mustangs enter the game at 5-5 overall and 2-4 in NEC play.

“They play a two-three zone and have some length that makes that zone tough,” Joost said of Little Chute. “We’ve been pretty good against the zone, but they’ve probably got the best one we will see, so it will be a good test. It will be a really good game on the road, but I like our chances.”

Tuesday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. start.