By Joseph Hayes
MARYSVILLE — It was a game of contrasting styles and conflicting results.
The Marysville Vikings came out with a totally different strategy than the visiting Port Huron Big Reds, and it would prove to be part of the difference in the Vikings, 45-31, victory at Marysville High School.
The Vikings led for the majority of the game, after starting out in a zone defense that baited the Big Reds into turnovers.
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Port Huron for its part, would begin with a full court trapping defense, which forced several turnovers of its own, before Marysville used a second quarter surge to put distance between the teams.
After Marysville took a 14-9 lead into the second quarter, Port Huron countered with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 14-14.
But that’s where everything seemed to change.
The Vikings would conclude the first half on a 14-0 run, to take a 28-14 advantage into halftime and never trailed again.
Marysville led by as much as 37-18 with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter. They would also lead 45-26, with 3:37 remaining in the game.
At the heart of the Vikings advantage was their balanced offensive approach and their opportunistic defense.
D’Marco Singleton led all scorers with 17 points for the Vikings, while Lawrence Smafield added 12 points for the Vikings and Sam Lasher added nine points.
Ethan Balon scored 12 points for Port Huron High and Jaiden Ashford scored 10.
Marysville (3-0) will host Richmond at 7 pm Saturday. Port Huron (1-1) meanwhile will return Monday at Warren Lincoln.
Check back with Blue Water Healthy Living for a video recap of tonight’s action.