Redmen Struggle in Season Opener

Marquette vs TC Central

Traverse City, MIDecember 17th , 2021 – The Marquette Redmen basketball team kicked off it’s season tonight, on the road against the Traverse City Central Trojans.

1Q: The game started with a winning tip and layup from the Trojans, as Marquette would struggle to score their first points. Blocked shots and defensive play from the Trojans made it difficult for the Redmen to get any offensive efficiency in the opening minutes. Jordan DeMay scored the first points of the season off a three pointer from the corner, moments later, the Trojans buried one of their own. With 3 minutes remaining in the opening quarter, it was the Trojans with the 13-5 lead, thanks to three triples. The Trojans defense would continue to harass the Redmen, scoring several fast break layups off of steals, after 1 quarter of play, it was the Trojans leading 20-7.

National Anthem
National Anthem

2Q: The 2nd quarter started slow, but it was the Trojans capitalizing on their defense once again. Trojan Guard Carson Bourdo, scored a fast break layup and a triple to take the 25-7 lead. Seconds later, Trojan Sophomore Anthony Ribel hit his third triple of the night to take the 21 point lead with just under 5 minutes to play in the half. The Redettes scored their first points of the quarter from Senior Justin Jurmu, who scored a nifty layup around two Trojan defenders. After scoring 7 more points in the quarter, the Redettes cut the deficit to 17 heading into the locker room. It was the Trojans leading 32-15.

Redmen vs Trojans
Redmen vs Trojans

3Q: The Redmen started the 2nd half strong, as DeMay knocked down another triple and Bishick answered inside. Marquette was able to cut the deficit down to 12 but the Trojans were able to generate some more offense. Trojan Guard Parker Kolody started to heat up from beyond the arc, hitting 2 tree pointers in back to back possessions. The Redmen tried tirelessly to make the comeback in the 3rd quarter, but Trojan Guard Carson Bourdo continued to dominate the game, several more steals and layups were generated in the 3rd, resulting in a 22 point lead heading into the final quarter. It was 49-27 Trojans.

4Q: The final quarter started with an old fashion three point play for the Trojans from Brayden Halliday, then a steal and layup from Bourdo, his 24th point of the night. Redmen Senior Jordan Demay answered with an old fashion three point play of his own, but seconds later, the Trojans buried a wide open triple to take the 28 point lead. With just under 3 minutes to play in the game, the substitutes came into the game, and the Redmen were able to chew away at the deficit, but would run out of time. The Redmen fell in their season opener by a score of 61-38.

Final: Marquette 38 TC Central 61

The Marquette Redmen will continue their season tomorrow, when they stay in Traverse City to take on the Titans of TC West. The ball will tip at 1:30 pm, you can listen to the broadcast on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 – 99.1.