Posted: Wednesday, 06 February 2013 1:21AM

Marshfield jumps ahead early and never looks back



Marshfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- A stifling defense and sizzling offense is always a recipe for success, and it was no exception for the Marshfield Blue Jays on Tuesday night as they defeated the Buffalo Bison 84-60.
 
The Blue Jays built a lead from the beginning and never trailed as junior Lawfton Summers was too much for the Bison. He nearly outscored the entire Buffalo team in the first quarter as Marshfield led 21-9.
 
Summers, who finished with a game high 32 points, knew early in the game that Buffalo would have a hard time matching his size and physicality.
 
“We knew we were a little bit more physical than they were, so we went in with the mindset of trying to get the ball in the lane and make stuff happen on the inside,” said Summers. “We figured they probably scouted us pretty hard and focuses on our three point shooters and that allowed us to attack the lane pretty well.”
 
While Buffalo hit two three-point field goals halfway through the second quarter to pull within eleven points, it was the closest they would get the rest of the night as Marshfield finished the quarter strong and led 39-22 at halftime.
 
It didn’t take long in the third quarter for the Blue Jays to effectively put the game away as they went on a 12-2 run to increase the lead to 27 points heading to the fourth.
 
“We wanted to establish ourselves on the inside,” said Marshfield head coach J.C. Carter. “Defensively, we wanted to keep an eye on [Calvin Dryer]. He kind of got loose a couple of times but at that point the game kind of got out of hand. We executed on both ends exceptionally well.”
 
While Summers led the way, the Blue Jays got contributions from a number of players.
 
“Brett Diehl came in and gave us some good defensive minutes,” said Carter. “Blayne ended up with a quiet 16. I thought Lukas Clift did a great job on the boards. He got a lot of offensive rebounds for us. One thing he needs to get better at is boxing out. I thought tonight was his best boxing out night on defense.”
 
Overall, Carter was thrilled with the way his team came to play.
 
“We want to really take care of the basketball,” said Carter. “We played fast but under control. We only had two turnovers in the first half. That is one thing we have to do is get better possessions, and I think did that.”
 
Marshfield (10-10) travels to Hollister on Feb. 8. Buffalo returns home to take on Springfield Catholic on Feb. 8.
 
Buffalo             9  13  19 19 - 60
Marshfield       21 18 30 15 - 84

 
Buffalo
Calvin Dryer 28, Bradley Jones 14, Dalton Winkler 13, Ryan West 4
 
Marshfield
Lawfton Summers 32, Blayne Armstrong 16, Kerrick Wright 11, Lukas Clift 9, Brett Diehl 7, Shelby Dowler 5, Mathew Clancy 4
 

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