A huge win on Tuesday has Charleston with the momentum and a winnable game at home against a struggling Marshall team has the hopes of getting to .500 alive. Charleston returns home in non-conference action against the Lions with hopes of keeping their winning streak alive.
Here is the preview for tonight’s game.
Team Records: Charleston (10-14, 5-6) vs. Marshall (2-22, 0-6)
Where: Charleston High School
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Baker Gym
School Size: Charleston (796), Marshall (376)
JV Tip-Off: 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m.
Marshall’s History: Current Casey-Westfield boys’ basketball coach, Tom Brannan, served 23 years as the boy’s basketball coach at Marshall from 1992 to 2015. During that time, he went 460-187 and led the school to a third-place finish in Class 2A in 2009. Since Brannan left, four different coaches have held the position. The most recent season on IHSA was the 24-7 season when the team won a Regional Championship. According to MaxPreps, the Lions went 5-19 last year and 2-6 in the Little Illini Conference.
Marshall’s Past Results: Marshall opened the season 0-13. Their two wins on the season are a 64-33 win over Oblong/Hutsonville/Paletstine and a 54-48 win over Martinsville. The Lions have lost their past five games. Among familiar opponents, Marshall has lost to Cumberland 66-30, Newton 81-56 and 60-47, Paris 51-41, Casey-Westfield 61-42 two times, Shelbyville 71-51, and Robinson 76-53.
Marshall’s Top Players: Marshall lost both Little Lillini All-Conference selections from last year due to graduation.
Marshall’s Team Stats: Marshall is averaging 44.2 points per game and allowing 64.3 points per game.
Charleston’s Past Results: After a four-game losing streak (56-51 to St. Joseph-Ogden, 62-41 to Olney, 68-60 to Mahomet-Seymour, and 46-40 to Lincoln), the Trojans defeated Effingham 69-61 in overtime on Tuesday.
Charleston Team Stats: According to MaxPreps, William Applegate leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points. Caleb Oakley is averaging 12.9 points, Luke Bonnestetter is averaging 10.2 points, and James Hess is averaging 8.5 points per game.