By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Before the Marshfield boys basketball team even knew it, it was down double digits.The Tigers responded with a solid second half but could not come all the way back and dropped a 56-49 decision to D.C. Everest in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Tuesday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Everest remains in a first-place tie with Stevens Point at 4-0 in the Valley following the victory and improves to 9-2 overall.Marshfield has lost four games in a row and falls to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference.Everest had runs of 8-0 and 10-0 in the first quarter to pull out to a commanding 18-4 lead.The Evergreens made their first eight shot attempts, six coming from point-blank range on drives or back-door cuts to the basket.“Slight breakdowns defensively turn into layups. That’s the kind of team Everest is,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “They are very sound, very well-coached. You have to be on top of your game and cannot let them play from ahead. We were fortunate enough to scramble and get back in the game, but it wasn’t our game from start to finish.”Marshfield fell behind 30-10 late in the second quarter before finally getting its offense going.Adam Fravert scored five of his team-high 15 points in the final three minutes of the half to help Marshfield cut the deficit to 13, but a basket at the buzzer by Stephen Weir gave Everest a 37-22 lead at intermission.The Tigers turned to a full-court trap to try to turn the tides, and it worked in the third quarter.Everest managed just two baskets in the period, and the Tigers used an 8-0 run to get the game back within striking range.A three-point play by Will Spindler, who finished with 12 points, and baskets from Tanner Boson and Caleb Alexander cut Everest’s lead to 39-34.Marshfield could not get closer than five, however. A 7-0 spurt by the Evergreens midway through the fourth quarter put them back on top by 12, and they held on the rest of the way.Jake Gebert finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for D.C. Everest.“To the kids’ credit, they played really hard and scrambled the best they could,” Zuiker said. “You can’t dig holes like that. It looked so bad, and we’re not so bad. We just don’t have a lot of margin for error. When we don’t get good shot selection, we’re not very good.”Marshfield plays at Wausau East on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 56, Tigers 49D.C. Everest 18 19 4 15 – 56Marshfield 4 18 12 15 – 49D.C. EVEREST (56): Derek Reiche 1-1 0-0 3, Austin Behrens 2-4 0-0 5, Connor Dickinson 1-3 0-2 2, Stephen Weir 4-5 0-0 8, Riley Petersen 2-5 4-6 8, Grant Van Grinsven 0-0 0-1 0, Lucas Mathson 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Cornish 4-6 0-1 8, Jake Gebert 8-10 4-6 20, Brady Uekert 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Bentz 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 23-37. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Behrens 1-1, Reiche 1-1, Weir 0-1, Uekert 0-1, Petersen 0-2). Rebounds: 26 (Gebert 9). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Cornish. Record: 9-2, 4-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference.MARSHFIELD (49): Caleb Alexander 2-3 0-1 4, Tanner Boson 3-11 0-0 7, Tyson Slade 0-0 0-0 0, Kegan Fassler 2-3 2-3 6, Alec Hinson 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Huettl 0-0 1-2 1, Will Spindler 5-7 2-4 12, Jordan Schlinsog 2-10 0-0 4, Adam Fravert 6-12 3-5 15. FG: 20-46. FT: 8-15. 3-pointers: 1-16 (Boson 1-6, Fravert 0-3, Schlinsog 0-7). Rebounds: 19 (Fravert 8). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-8, 1-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
These insights represented a clear call to action. While IT perceives its role as being critical to the enterprise, the fact is lines of business are gaining more influence over technology matters. Leading me to the tenth insight: It’s time to wake up. IT must act proactively now or risk losing value to the business in the end. As part of the tenth insight, researchers stated collaboration, value creation, and innovation will be the drivers of IT success in the future. I couldn’t agree more.Forbes just published a two-part interview series surrounding cloud technology in 2020, and it largely reiterated the call to action in last year’s study. “We’re talking about creating a digital culture that has a digital DNA. That means helping people understand the difference between right-brain and left-brain functions. It means understanding where design and creativity come into play, and how we can use our products and services to create new experiences and new outcomes for our customers.”As we move towards the promise of 2020, it’s imperative that IT leaders start thinking differently and challenging the status quo. The cloud is here to stay, so how are you going to distinguish your strategy from others? If the enterprise as a whole is to evolve into an entity designed for digital, CIOs need to be embracing differentiators and encouraging the business to collaborate on tech-driven growth. The true value creation will come from fostering a company culture that embraces the future of the digital world.For the full study, please read “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models: Top 10 Insights.” For a closer look at the statistics, check out this presentation by Manjula Talreja, VP of global cloud practice for CCS. And to continue the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #ITCenter to stay connected.Chris PetersFind Chris on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Start a conversation with Chris on TwitterOpens in a new window.See previous content from Chris. In the eyes of IT decision makers, cloud is good.Cloud is here … and growing.Emerging markets: A greenfield for cloud-driven innovation.Satisfaction with cloud providers is high, but so are expectations.IT wants to feel safe in the cloud.There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.IT views itself as being front and center……but lines of business are gaining IT influence.A renewal of business-IT partnership.A wake-up call for IT. In the year 2000, 200 million devices were connected to the internet on a global scale. Today, there are approximately 10 billion connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated we’ll see 50 billion devices connected worldwide. And at the heart of that connectivity lies the cloud.In 2013, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) partnered with Intel to explore the powerful changes affecting IT consumption at all stages. The “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 different industries across nine key developing and emerging economies. As cloud technology has proliferated the enterprise, organizations are being challenged with a fundamental shift in the IT consumption lifecycle. So what will the IT organization of the future look like, and what will its leaders have to do to be successful in that environment? Here were the top 10 insights, with my takeaways in bold: