Senior Reed Truschinski scored six of his 22 points during the push while senior Craig Ward, who scored a high of 25, added one of his four 3-pointers to balance the momentum decidedly in. the meaning of Marshall.
“I thought we were pretty competitive in the first half. We played pretty well and they made a few adjustments and we didn’t adjust to their adjustments, I don’t think so, in the second half as well, ”said Chris Lindert.
In Lindert’s mind, the biggest key to the change was increased defensive pressure from the Cardinals (7-0) as well as the success of Truschinski and Michael Lutz senior, Marshall’s 6-foot-5 forward pair.
“I think their pressure, they increased it a bit,” said Chris Lindert. “They got a little more physical on their pressure and were able to keep the ball out of Derek’s hands and force other people to handle it. It probably created more sales than we usually have.
“Their fat ones are very athletic and our fat ones are not really fat and not really athletic, they are a little bigger. They gave us some problems.
To their credit, the Bulldogs (4-2) did not fold the tent. Pardeeville continued to fight despite the lead up to 20, scratching half a 14 on layups from Derek Lindert and Ben Palen, but that couldn’t trigger a late rally attempt.