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Marauders finding footing as season nears midway

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The Minnesota Marauders are in a battle, but they won’t shy away from a fight. As the season nears the midway point, the Marauders (25-13) lead the National West Division by a narrow margin with the Honolulu Inferno and Seattle SeaDogs nipping at their heels. 

“It’s going to be a fight all year, but that’s the way we like it,” said Minnesota coach Byron Davis. “Iron sharpens iron, and we better be battle-tested come playoff time if we want our season to last a little longer this time around.”

The team is taking a new approach under GM Chris Dunn in his first full year on the job. Rather than lean on one player, they are sharing the scoring load. 

Playing on a surgically-repaired heel that ended his last campaign early, reigning MVP Andrew Evans has seen his scoring average dip from 31.4 down to 22.7, but the team keeps winning. 

“Andrew is an amazing talent, and we have to protect that asset because he is so special,” said Dunn. “The more we can ease his load now, the fresher he’ll be come playoff time.”

Tony Pence continues to fill up the stat sheet nightly, averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 6.6 rebounds a night. Point guard Andrew Lawler puts up 17.6 points, shooting 46.7% on 3-pointers. 

The biggest surprise has been the emergence of Raphael Stokes. After impressing in a late-season audition, Stokes has carved out a role in the rotation. He’s posting 14.7 points shooting 50% from the floor with 5.6 rebounds a night. 

“The previous GM really didn’t let Raph shine, but I was impressed by what I saw in practice and pushed for him to play,” said Dunn. “Coach Davis really knows how to take advantage of his talents, and Raph isn’t wasting his opportunity.”

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