Marietta Faces Tough Test In Waynesburg

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The Marietta men’s basketball team has started the year hot after winning the Marietta Shrine tournament. It heads to Waynesburg University on Wednesday to take on an equally hot Waynesburg team. Both teams have started the year undefeated and have impressive wins to show for it.

Waynesburg defeated Penn State Altoona in a close game to open their season, and then went on to beat Mount Aloysius in another tight game. The key player for the Yellow Jackets has been Jason Propst, a 6-foot-5 forward averaging 22 points per game. Probst also contributes in the shot blocking category, tallying five blocks through two games.

Providing some help for Propst has been Byrum Louco. The 6-foot-1 guard averages 12.5 points per outing. Propst and Louco will be key players in the matchup versus the Pioneers.

The Pioneers are entering this game after a championship in their own tournament.  In that tournament a few players stood out for the Pioneers.

Tyler Hammond got back to where he left off as a junior, scoring 21 points through two games of the tournament. Besides Hammond, a few other Pioneers started the season with some momentum. A.J. Davis and Andy Dollman both have been averaging in double-digit scoring, with 12.5 points and 11 points per game, respectively.

The biggest development in the opening tournament was sophomore Eddy Grenert. Grennert scored 13 points in just thirteen minutes played against Piedmont. It will be interesting to see if Grennert can continue that kind of play against Waynesburg.

This game will be an early test for the Pioneers. Both teams are coming into the game with some hot shooting players, so look for a high scoring game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Waynesburg, Pa.