A smothering man-to-man full court pressure defense by Colbert created more turnovers than Marietta could afford, and the Leopards went on to a 68-46 victory over the Indians Friday night at the Marietta gym.


A smothering man-to-man full court pressure defense by Colbert created more turnovers than Marietta could afford, and the Leopards went on to a 68-46 victory over the Indians Friday night at the Marietta gym.


Marietta (1-5) turned the ball over 29 times in the game, and most of the miscues happened with the Indians desperately trying to break the Leopard press and get the ball over the 10-second line.
Leopard coach Earl Carson put in five new people every 4 minutes. Having fresher people in the game ultimately wore down the Indians.


“We just don’t have a point guard on our team right now,” Marietta coach Duane Shaw said. “We have a point guard by committee, and it’s just not working so well right now. When they pressured us full court, we couldn’t handle the pressure. And turnovers were the end result.”


With the game knotted at 9 four minutes into the game, Colbert finished the period on an 11-2 run to pull ahead 20-11 heading to the second, and it never trailed again.


The Leopards defense forced 11 Indian miscues in the opening period. By intermission, Colbert’s lead had grown to 35-21.


The Indians cut the advantage to nine points early in the third. But again turnovers came back to haunt Marietta. Seven miscues in the third and eight more in the fourth kept the Indians from making a run down the stretch.


Both teams hit 39 percent from the floor. But Colbert was 25 of 64 to Marietta’s 19 of 49. The Leopards had a 34-29 rebounding edge and a 14-9 advantage on the offensive glass.


“We can’t play at their pace and be successful,” Shaw said. “We struggled to get the ball to the front court, and then we took ill-advised shots. When we trimmed the lead to nine, I told the guys we would have to play even harder now to keep the lead to single digits. But we take two or three bad shots and turn it over. And they’re back ahead by 15 of 16.”


Matt Washer had a game-high 13 points to pace the Leopards, and Chase Leve had 11 points. All 10 Colbert players made it to the scoring column.


Jayson Phillips and Kyle Hull paced the Indians with eight points each.