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Boys basketball preivew: Mariners plan to 'keep it simple'

Silver Bay's Mason Ollman goes up for a layup against Wrenshall during the 2017-18 season. News-Chronicle file

For the past three years, Silver Bay has had the top boys basketball program on the North Shore.

The Mariners have finished with a winning record and have won at least one playoff game in each of the past three seasons.

Silver Bay is going to look very different in 2018-19, however. Gone is Mariner all-time leading scorer Jason Blood and coach Terry Blood, who guided the team in each of their last three season.

It's not all bad news for the team, though. Junior Mason Ollman has developed into the team's best scoring option. Senior center Weston Monson will provide some size in the middle and has a soft touch from the outside, according to new coach Jeremy Schwartz, while junior point guard Riley Tiboni is entering his second year in the starting role.

Schwartz said he plans to "keep it simple" and continue running coach Blood's motion offense. The team will try to create mismatches, particularly with Monson, who has some size at about 6 feet, 3 inches, but "handles the ball like a point guard," Schwartz said.

Schwartz is also putting an emphasis on defense and making sure his team, which he believes will be solidly, also plays solid, "hard-nosed" defense.

"I know we can score points, that's without a doubt not an issue," Schwartz said. "If we can install a good defensive system and play some good defense, we might be able to win 16 or 17 games."

Schwartz said Ollman, Monson and Tiboni, who are also the team captains, set a goal of winning at least 16 games this season and hope they advance past the Section 7A quarterfinals for the first time since 2016.

The Mariners will start their season against Cook County on Friday, Nov. 30, in Silver Bay.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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