Vikings still unbeaten with 65-51 win

Published 11:36 pm Friday, January 14, 2011

Niles’ Zak Prenkert goes in for a dunk in the Vikings’ 65-51 win over Marshall Friday night. The win raises Niles’ record to 7-0. (Daily Star photo/JOSEPH WEISER)

MARSHALL — Myles Busby scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists as visiting Niles ran its record to 7-0 with a 65-51 win over Marshall Friday night in boys’ basketball Big 16 Conference non-divisional play.

The Vikings trailed 17-13 after the opening quarter, but outscored the Red Hawks (0-7) 20-11 in the second quarter to grab a 33-28 halftime advantage.

Niles continued to pour it on offensively in the second half as it netted 32 points and allowed just 23.

“We got up and down the floor tonight really well,” Niles coach Todd Pawielski said. “Myles Busby was excellent in transition. Quintin Irby and Brandon Partee both ran the floor real well. Brandon Partee gave us a huge lift off the bench tonight with his defense and by scoring five points. I was certainly happy with our effort tonight.”

The Vikings led 47-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

Besides Busby’s totals, Niles also got eight points from both Nick Lucero and Jordan Potthoff. Austin Parks and Taylor Campbell both added seven.

Parks also dished out six assists.

Josh Pratt led Marshall with 12 points and was the lone player who reached double figures for the Red Hawks.

Niles is home for a pair of Big 16 games next week. The Vikings host Battle Creek Central on Tuesday night and then host Benton Harbor in a key West Division match-up on Friday.


Austin Parks 7, Zak Prenkert 4, Nick Lucero 8, Brandon Partee 5, Myles Busby 22, Jordan Potthoff 8, Taylor Campbell 7, Quintin Irby 4. TOTALS: 25 11-14 65


Ryan Konkle 9, Robby Ranville 7, Thane Orban 9, Christian McAllister 3, Tony Wimberly 9, Aaron Ivey 2, Josh Pratt 12. TOTALS: 22 3-6 65

Niles 13 33 47 65

Marshall 17 28 38 51

3-pointers: Niles 4 (Potthoff 2, Parks, Partee), Marshall 4 (Orban, Ranville, McAllister, Wimberly). Total fouls: Niles 13, Marshall 16. Fouled out: None. Varsity records: 7-0, Marshall 0-7



MARSHALL — Only three Niles players scored Friday night as the Vikings were defeated by host Marshall in a Big 16 Conference non-divisional girls’ contest 37-32.

Senior Nichole Sly led all scorers with 16 points for the Vikings, but Niles could not keep pace with the more balanced scoring attack of the Red Hawks.

Niles trailed 7-4 after one period of play and 17-12 at halftime. Marshall held a 26-23 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play where it outscored the Vikings 11-9.

Jalen Gunter led the Red Hawks with 13 points.


Alexis McIntee 13, Nichole Sly 16, Taylor Glick 3. TOTALS: 10 6-8 32


Lucy Morrison 4, Lauren Mengel 4, Jalen Gunter 13, Emily Mickas 4, Sarah Huffman 2, Katie Howland 4, Katie Flaght 6. TOTALS: 13 11-18 37

Niles 4 12 23 32

Marshall 7 17 26 37

3-point baskets: Niles 2 (McIntee, Glick)