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South Tama edges past Marion


January 17, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tuesday's contest between the South Tama Trojans and Marion Indians made the Trojans the team to beat. STC defeated Marion 49-45 for the Trojans 6th conference win of the season.

The Trojans struggled a bit defensively in the first half of play. Marion's Matthew Brase sunk three three-point shots. By the second quarter Marion had an 11 point advantage at one point. Head Coach Dustin Peska knew he had to change up his defensive strategy.

"We were playing our matchup zone and we made an adjustment coming out on defense and went to man to man and tried to overplay and be more right up in their face and be aggressive," said Peska.

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South Tama’s Sterling Tyon (34) and Kaiden Buffalo (3) work on the defensive end to keep Marion from scoring on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the STC Round House. The Trojans defeated Marion 49-45.
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The change up worked. By halftime the Trojans had cut Marion's led to 25-20. The third quarter found South Tama threatening and Marion trying to hold onto their lead. The two teams were tied at 36 going into the fourth quarter. South Tama had struggled to get their shots to fall in the first half. This however was not a problem in the fourth quarter.

"(I told them) just get to the rim. Get to the rim and we kick it out and let it fly. I always tell my shooters to just keep shooting. If they are open we are going to keep shooting it. We need to attack the rim at the post and get post touches because we had the height on them," said Peska.

Gabe Shields, Justus Ward, Nathan Lasley and Sterling Tyon each contributed in the fourth quarter to the Trojans final score of 49-45. Gabe Shields and Sterling Tyon each ended the night with 14 points.

Looking at the WaMaC west, South Tama is now 6-0, Benton 4-1, Independence 4-2 and Marion 3-2. Williamsburg, Clear Creek-Amana, Center Point-Urbana and Vinton each have 3 or more losses.

"It was a big game," said Peska, "Marion's got a lot of good guards and they are a good team. They were 3-2 coming into this and we were 5-0 so it was a game that if you don't get it and let a team right back in it and if you get it just make the separation that much more. So it was a big game and the kids took advantage of the situation and made the separation a bit more.



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