Redmen triple threats emerge in 3rd quarter of win at Gladstone

GLADSTONE – After an emotional 60-54 win on Monday night against the Westwood Patriots, the Gladstone Braves played their second game of a back-to-back on Tuesday night.

The Braves put up a fight for a half at home against Marquette, but ultimately were outshot in the third quarter and fell in the Great Northern Conference game, 54-39.

After a close first half where Marquette only led 21-18 at halftime, hit five straight 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the third quarter to break the game open. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Redmen led 40-27.

Over and over in the span the Redmen scored those 15 straight points from three, they ran the same play. It was one titled “Gonzaga” and it did the trick.

“We typically shoot the ball well from the perimeter,” MSHS head coach Brad Nelson said. “We were 2 for 10 in the first half.

“The play itself is more of a read and react. Read how they defend the screen and react accordingly. Kick it out to a shooter if the defense comes to help. It’s really nothing design-wise that we try to do. It’s just playing basketball.”

Much like Gladstone played back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday nights, Marquette has to follow up their win at Gladstone by traveling to Menominee tonight and facing a Maroons team that beat them by more than 10 points when they played at Marquette.

The Redmen (8-7, 3-2 GNC) were led in scoring by Garrett Finkbeiner, who was responsible for three of the five 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 13 points. Marquette had 26 rebounds and was led by Luke Pap, who grabbed eight.

The Braves (9-9, 2-5 GNC) were led by Reece Castor, who had 17 points. Joe Gibbs added eight points plus five boards.

Gladstone won the JV game 53-44.