First time seeing Muncie Central this season. Muncie Central is led by junior, big man Nick Osborne. I wanted to see if he has developed his game since last AAU. That will be discussed in the evaluations below. It was my first time seeing Marion this year as well. The main reason I wanted to see Marion was their 6'7" freshmen Tyler Arens. Unfortunately, Arens is injured and did not dress for the game. Marion also features William Barnes who has received some D1 interest lately.
I was a little disappointed that I wasn't going to get to see Arens against Osborne. The first quarter was back and forth though. Osborne picked up his second foul with about 3 minutes left and sat out the rest of the period. The player that made the biggest impact on me was Muncie Central's Josh Mawhorr. The big guy had a nice cut, catch on the move, avoid a charge, and finished the play with an "and 1." More on Mawhorr in the player evaluation section. Muncie Central led Marion 16-13 after the first quarter.
Muncie Central head coach Matt Fine decided to start Osborne in the second quarter with two fouls and the move paid big dividends. Osborne asserted himself in the quarter showing nice post moves and a soft touch around the basket. Osborne would score 10 points in the quarter thanks mainly to shooting 6-7 from the free-throw line. Marion struggled big time on the offensive end. They had a bunch of turnovers and couldn't get any open looks against the Muncie Central zone. William Barnes was just 0-3 in the first half with 4 turnovers. Muncie started to dominate and led 36-18 at the half.
The second half was similar to the second quarter. Muncie Central forced turnovers that led to easy baskets. Muncie Central's lead would get into the 30's during the fourth quarter.
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