The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys traveled to Lawton for a non-conference tussle with Lawton-Bronson on Thursday, and MMC coach Al Vasher said his team "played a little tentative in the first half." Though the team played better in the second half, Vasher said "we dug ourselves too deep of a hole," and weren't able to come back, as Lawton-Bronson took a 48-34 victory.
Tim Holmes paced the MMC scoring with a 15-point night, and Nate Dammann added six. Brandon Brady and Jordan Boekhout grabbed four rebounds apiece to lead MMC in that department. Cole Albright scored 13 points and also had eight rebounds to lead Lawton-Bronson.
Coach Vasher said that he felt "everyone needs to step up and do things a little better."
On Friday, the Eagles played the Hinton Blackhawks at Marcus in a War Eagle Conference match-up.
Once again, the Eagles found themselves having to dig out of a hole because of a slow start. The Blackhawks held 13-8, 27-12, and 50-19 leads at the quarter breaks, before MMC "played a great fourth quarter," in Vasher's words, outscoring Hinton 19- 4 in that period, making the final score Hinton 54, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 38. Vasher said , "We need to play that way for all four quarters to give ourselves a good chance to be successful."
MMC was led by Holmes with 16 points and Dammann with 13. Adam Freed had 21 for Hinton.
Boekhout again led MMC rebounders with five, and Chad Alesch had four steals. The Eagles have a 1-4 season mark, and take on Akron-Westfield at Akron on Friday.