One of the goals for the Marine City High School boys’ basketball team is to win as many games as possible at home this season.
That’s part of the mission statement for every team at every level of play in the country, but for the Mariners, that means making the most of the home court advantage.
When the schedule for its 2012-13 season was released, Marine City was slated for just eight home games all season.
Two of those contests take place this week and on Tuesday, the Mariners (3-4, 1-2) routed Center Line 60-38. Thursday, they host Lakeshore before embarking on a five-game road trip over the next two weeks.
After tomorrow’s 6:30 p.m. meeting with the Shorians, only one of Marine City’s next eight games is on its home floor.
The Mariners began their two-game home stand by playing their most complete game this season against the Panthers. They scored a season-high 60 points and reached their goal of holding an opponent to under 40 points for the second time this year.
But a 48-hour turnaround between that win and Thursday’s meeting with Lakeshore won’t leave much time to savor those accomplishments.
“We’ll celebrate this one tonight and look forward to Thursday,” Mariner senior Sam Honaker said after Tuesday’s game. “We get another win at home (against Lakeshore) that’s a big thing because in order to be good in the league you have to be good at home.”
Marine City is currently tied for fourth in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division and one game behind county rival Marysville (3-4, 2-1). The Mariners start their lengthy road swing on the Vikings’ home court next Tuesday.
It’s a game that could really shake up the standings in the Silver Division, but there’s no looking past the Shorians, not even while gearing up to play Center Line. Lakeshore (3-6, 1-3) lost 55-43 to second-place Clintondale (5-3, 3-0) on Tuesday. Neither the loss nor their record can be taken for granted and Coach Joel Whymer did some homework on them.
“I was actually scouting Lakeshore today after school,” Whymer said on Tuesday. ‘They’re a good athletic team and they’re physical. Hopefully, we can play well and get to 2-2 in our league.”
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