Agates beat Mariners in rivalry basketball gameThe Two Harbors Agates were victorious against the Silver Bay Mariners last week, winning 57-34.
The Two Harbors Agates were victorious against the Silver Bay Mariners last week, winning 57-34. Coach Tom Nelson was pleased with the results. “That was a good win for us, and obviously that’s a big rivalry,” he said. “We had a very nice fan turnout. Our fans are very nice and we’re glad they followed us up there.”
Nelson said that it was a close game at halftime but then the Agates executed some nice plays that “worked out for us.” He said that high scorers Alex Lemke and Kyle Omtvedt did well and that senior Cole Myrdal stepped up and did an excellent job defending against Silver Bay Mariner Luke Thun.
Nelson said that his team is coming together. “We’re starting to look like a basketball team,” he said. “The kids are hustling, diving after loose balls, and starting to communicate with each other.”
The Agates next take on the Barnum Bombers Dec. 27.
Silver Bay boys’ basketball coach Rick Frericks harbors no ill will against Two Harbors for their win against the Mariners last week. “Two Harbors played a great game. They hustled,” he said. “They neutralized our strengths and they did a wonderful job.”
Frericks said that he’s still proud of how his team played. “I know they were disappointed in the loss, but they gave it their best effort. It just wasn’t their night,” he said.
The Mariners have been busy lately, having played two more games after Two Harbors against the Barnum Bombers (32-79) and Cromwell Cardinals (55-63). Frericks said that his team is looking forward to the break. “We’re going to rest up. We’ve got some tired bodies,” he said. “They’re playing hard and we’re learning a lot. We’re just hoping for the best.”
“We’ve got some young guys that are in our starting line-up now and they’re getting better. The game is going pretty fast for them but with each game, the game slows down in their head,” Frericks said.
The Mariners next face Ely Jan. 3.