Seniors Alex Stecker (Elementary-Middle Education) and Connor Morovits (Middle School Education) were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Courts.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player; 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year; 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; 4. Member of a NCAA Divisions I, II, III, or NAIA Divisions I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Student-athletes competing in the conference must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher for the academic year to be eligible for the honor. Each academic year stands by itself for determination of this award.
Alex Dellis, 6-2, F, Algoma
Marian University men's basketball program has picked up five stellar high school basketball players from the state of Wisconsin.
Alex Dellis of Algoma, Charlie Witek of Kewaskum, Will Polczynski of New Berlin Eisenhower, Austin Gifford of Watertown and Coy Paulson of Fond du Lac recently decided to continue their education and play basketball for the Sabres and coach Mark Boyle.
Dellis earned Player of the Year honors in the Packerland Conference as a senior when he led the league in scoring at 20.7 points per game while helping Algoma to a 17-8 record.
The 6-foot-2 wing player scored a career-high 37 points in a victory over Manitowoc Lutheran and shot 52 percent from the field, 65 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent (47 of 160) from three-point range.
Dellis is a three-year varsity performer at Algoma who averaged 12.8 ppg as a junior and earned second-team all-Packerland honors.
Witek is a phsyical 6-foot-4 forward who can score around the basket. He averaged 17.4 ppg as a senior to rank third in the East Central Conference.
A three-year varsity performer and 1,000-point scorer, Witek poured in 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a non-conference victory over St. Mary's Springs. He earned second-team all-league honors and helped Kewaskum to a 10-13 record.
As a junior, Witek averaged 18.5 ppg and also earned second-team all-conference recognition.
Polczynski is a 6-foot-6 forward who helped New Berlin Eisenhower to a 20-3 record and the title in the Western Division of the Woodland Conference by averaging 4.5 ppg.
Gifford had a strong senior season for Watertown, averaging 10.0 ppg for the Goslings and scoring a career-best 25 points in a victory over Grafton.
Paulson handled the ball against pressure and helped Fond du Lac to a 9-15 record by averaging 3.5 ppg in the rugged Fox Valley Association.
Marian University is a NCAA Division III school located in Fond du Lac. The Sabres compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and finished 14-13 overall and 10-10 in league games last season.
MVP: Josh Creed, Junior (Brother Rice)
Defensive POY: Carvell Oliver, Senior (Manitowoc Lincoln)
Sabre Award: Marcus Kadinger, Freshman (Glenwood City) & Jack Lund, Freshman (Antigo)
WAUKESHA, Wis. – Junior Josh Creed earned First Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference honors for the second-consecutive season, the conference office announced Friday.
Creed, a Chicago native, was a dynamic player for Sabres on both ends of the court. He averaged 17 .0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He was efficient from the charity stripe and connected on 83.3 percent of attempted free throws.
Creed's best individual performance was Jan. 6 at Lakeland. He scored 32 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, handed out five assists and was 12-of-13 at the charity stripe to lead the Sabres past the Muskies in an 87-81 overtime victory.
LISLE, Ill. – Five student-athletes scored in double figures, but No.1 seed Benedictine rallied in the second half to upend No. 5 Marian 91-82 in the semifinals of the 2015-16 Men's Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament.
Both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes, however, midway through the period the Sabres went on a 9-3 run and Senior Carvell Oliver drilled a 3-pointer at 10:37 which provided the Sabres with a 19-12 advantage.
The Eagles quickly clawed back to cut the deficit to within three at 21-18, but the Sabres countered with an 8-3 run and led 29-21 with 7:23 remaining in the first half. BU made a run late in the half, but the Sabres went into the break with a 43-39 lead.
MU jumped out of the gates in the second half and Oliver hit a 3-pointer at 17:32 and the Sabres lead 49-41.
Just when MU looked poised to gain control, BU responded with a 14-2 run over a three-minute span and the Sabres were left looking at a 55-51 deficit.
MU was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way and Oliver hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to bring the Sabres to within four at 86-82. BU (26-0) converted its free throws in the final moments to close out the game.
Junior Josh Creed scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Oliver added 17 points and was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt helped put with 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists. In his final game in a Sabre uniform Alex Stecker scored 12 points and was 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.
Sophomore Reggie Roemer dropped 12 points and hauled in three rebounds.
Tahron Harvey scored 21 points to lead BU.
The Eagles advance to the NACC tournament championship game and will meet No. 6 seed MSOE.
Marian completes its season with a 14-13 record.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Junior Josh Creed scored 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds as the No. 5 seeded Marian men's basketball team topped No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran 71-65 in the first round of the 2015-16 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
WLC made a late charge to cut the deficit to three points, but Creed who has been a clutch free-throw shooter all year went to the line and hit his free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
MU started fast and lead throughout the contest. Senior Carvell Oliver hit three 3-pointers in the initial five minutes and the Sabres opened up a 22-8 first-half lead.
The Blue and White defense kept the Warriors off balance. WLC, known for their exceptional play in the post struggled to find space in front of the basket and were forced to shoot jump shots – and they didn't fall. WLC shot 29.7 percent (19-of-64) from the field and converted only three 3-pointers on the evening.
From start to finish the Sabres ran a balanced offensive attack and had their way in front of the rim. MU scored 42 points in the paint and outrebounded WLC 42-38 and shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the field.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt, senior Alex Stecker and Oliver each scored 12 points. Oliver and Manhardt also grabbed nine rebounds apiece.
Sophomore Reggie Roemer scored nine points and handed out five assists.
Collin Kennedy scored 19 points to lead WLC (13-13).
MU (14-12) travels to No. 1 seed and nationally-ranked Benedictine (25-0) Friday evening. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Marian shot a sterling 46 percent (23-of-50) from the field and topped MSOE 67-62 Wednesday evening at the Kern Center.
The first half consisted of seven lead changes and five ties, but the Sabres quickly grabbed control in the second half. Senior Connor Morovits hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minute and the Sabres lead 34-30.
MU lead by 11 points at the halfway mark in the second half, but with one minute remaining in regulation MSOE cut its deficit to within four at 63-59. However, senior Alex Stecker hit jumper and junior Josh Creed converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to close out the contest.
Sophomore Alex Manhardt scored 16 points and hauled in nine rebounds, both team highs. He also was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Stecker helped out with 13 points and handed out five assists.
Creed dropped 12 points and collected seven rebounds.
As a team the Sabres grabbed 38 rebounds and scored 30 points in the paint.
Austin Stueck scored 29 points to lead MSOE (12-12, 9-10 NACC).
MU (13-12, 10-10 NACC) will wait until Saturday to see if it qualified for the NACC tournament.
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Behind five student-athletes in double digits, the Marian University men's basketball team fended off Rockford, 106-100, in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Seaver Center.
After 40 minutes of action the two teams found themselves knotted at 90-all and the pace of the game didn't slow down in the five-minute overtime period.
With two minutes remaining in extra time, Alex Manhardt dunked the ball to break a 98-98 tie and the Sabres went on a 6-2 run the rest of the way to close out the game.
Manhardt and Josh Creed each scored 23 points. Manhardt was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and grabbed six rebounds. Creed finished 9-of-13 from the floor and recorded three steals and a pair of blocks.
It was the dynamic backcourt of Reggie Roemer and Alex Stecker that sparked the Sabres' offensive output.
Stecker handed out a career-high 10 assists and Roemer followed suit with nine of his own and the duo accounted for 19 of MU's 28 assists. Stecker also scored 10 points to post his first double-double of the season.
Roemer chipped in 19 points and was 9-of-11 at the charity stripe.
Mitch Welker came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points.
The Sabres dominated in front of the rim and out-rebounded the Regents 40-37. MU also scored 54 points in the paint.
John O' Bryan scored 42 points to lead RU (13-10, 9-9 NACC).
MU (12-12, 9-10) is still in consideration for a spot in the NACC tournament. The Sabres are one game out of sixth place and close out the regular season Wednesday at MSOE.