The Tigers had a hard time moving the basketball on Tuesday night, and as a result, have yet to pick up their first win.
The young Marceline boys' basketball team fell in its home opener, 65-38, to a Trenton side that utilized the three-point shot to get the wheels turning early.
Marceline cut a Trenton lead to 11-7 midway through the first quarter before Bulldog senior Dylan Harris hit three three-pointers in a span of under two minutes to give Trenton a 20-8 lead. The Tigers cut the deficit to 22-11 by the end of the first quarter, but the home team never trailed by less than double-digits for the rest of the evening.
Marceline took a 37-21 deficit into the halftime break, and Trenton scored the first eight points of the third quarter, more than doubling the Tigers' score.
Desmond Fessler, coming off of a two-game suspension, was the Tigers' only senior to score. He posted a team-high 13 points. In fact, the only other upper-classman to enter the scoreboard -- the team's lone junior, Carlos Valdez, finished with a single point.
Marceline head coach Jordan Aulbur said that the mixture of guys who have never played together on a varsity floor will take time to mesh.
"It's our first (non-tournament) game of the season, and we have to build off of that," the first-year man said. "We improve every day in practice. From the first game to, now being in our third game, our kids have gotten better at understanding each other's roles. The chemistry will come with more time on the court in live-game situations.
"Offensively, they switched to a zone and got us a little flustered. We couldn't move the ball from then on. On the defensive side, we just have to move our feet and understand who we have and where we're supposed to be. If we bring the effort and play hard, we'll start to get a couple wins."
Behind Fessler, sophomore Luke Ablen was second on the team with eight points. Freshman Will Heller posted a pair of three-pointers.
Trenton coach Jeremy Austin thought it took too long for his team to break away.
He believed that his team looked too complacent on defense in the first half, but complimented the Tigers for forcing that.
"Our defensive intensity was poor," Austin said. "We didn't react well to penetration, and we sat back. Once we dug in and played hard-nosed defense, we looked polished. (Marceline) is well-coached, and so we had to slow the tempo down and look for good shots."
The Tigers have a pair of road games next week, traveling to Paris on Tuesday and Monroe City on Thursday, before returning home to face La Plata on Friday.