MOUNDSVILLE - Lacking the size and the physicality to pound the ball inside against most opponents, John Marshall boys' basketball coach Bill Storm sees patience on offense as the key if the Monarchs are going to have a successful season.
During Friday night's home opener against Oak Glen, the Marshall County club sailed through the back door to the basket time and again in rolling past the rebuilding Golden Bears 54-28.
''With no size inside, that's the way we are going to have to play," Storm reminded. ''We even have to be more patient than we were tonight. ''I really thought we could have gotten some more cuts. Although we have a ways to go this was a good start.
'' I'm still looking looking to see who our go-to guy is going to be. We need to find that guy that we know is going to give us that basket when we need it."
Although he didn't start because of dealing with a hamstring problem the last 10 days of the pre-season, senior Evan Magers provided some early indication he might be ready to step up in the clutch for the Monarchs.
Magers hit all five shots he attempted from the floor in pacing the Monarchs scoring with 13 points. Ryan Davis drained a couple of triples during the first quarter and finished with 10 points.
John Marshall 54, Oak Glen 28
Oak Glen 6 2 11 9 - 28
John Marshall 14 12 14 14 - 54
OAK GLEN: McLaughlin 0-5 0-0 0; Woodruff 1-3 0-0 2; Ford 0-2 0-1 0; Kincaid 5-6 0-0 10; Howell 4-8 2-4 10; McGray 1-3 102 3; Click 0-1 0-0 0; Congo 0-0 0-0 0; Smith 1-1 0-0 3: Totals: 12-29 3-7 28. 3-pointers: T. Smith.
JOHN MARSHALL: Och 3-6 0-0 7; Davis 4-9 0-0 10; Filben 1-6 4-4 6; Whitfield 1-4 2-4 4; Magers 5-5 3-5 13; Kibert 2-2 1-2 5; Horan 0-1 0-0 0; Sadoski 0-0 2-2 2; Smith 1-1 0-0 2;Sobutka 2-6 1-3 5; Totals: 19-40 13-20 54. 3-pointers: Och, Davis 2.
Back on the Oak Glen bench for the first time in nine years, coach David Smith has no illusions about the difficulty he faces in trying to resurrect the Golden Bears' program. However, despite the outcome, Smith expressed his joy at being back in charge of the basketball program.
''I love every second of it," said Smith, who coached Oak Glen to a West Virginia Class AA state tournament berth in 2004. ''I know we are going to have a rough go this year but as a coaching staff we can't and won't give up on these kids.
''By February 20th I want every one of our players to be accountable for what they are doing. I think we will get there because they are nice kids that want to do well and they don't question anything we are trying to teach them."
Defending John Marshall's deliberate offense was one of Oak Glen's main problems in the mutual opener.
Especially early in the game, the Monarchs were able to spread the floor and pass the ball around several times before one of their cutters broke free for a layup.
This also resulted in very few opportunities for the Golden Bears as during the first half they got off only 12 shots. Oak Glen scored just two points in the second quarter while falling behind 26-8 at the intermission.
Taylor Kincaid and Cody Howell finished with 10 points each to lead the scoring for Oak Glen.