LeMARS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys' basketball team "never really got going on the offensive end," said their coach Al Vasher, talking about a War Eagle Conference matchup with the Le Mars Gehlen Jays here on Monday Dec. 3.
As a result of the Eagles' poor offensive showing - and a strong effort by the home team - the Jays won the contest by a 69-35 score.
The Eagles shot 32.6% from the field, while the Jays hit 55.3%. From the free throw line, Gehlen shot an outstanding 84.2% (16 of 19) to the Eagles' 42.9% (3 of 7). Gehlen out-rebounded MMC 21-13, and commmitted six turnovers to the Eagles' 14.
Individually, Jordan Boekhout scored 14 points and blocked five shots for MMC. Lukas Nelson and Justin Henke scored four points apiece, and Neal Bunt had four rebounds. Gehlen was led by the two-pronged attack of Eric Rohe and Chris Gabriel who had 30 and 15 points, respectively.
Coach Vasher was pleased with his team's effort and their work ethic, but feels they need to be more consistent.
In the girls opener, Gehlen's Ashley Langel hit six free throws in the final minute to help seal a 51-44 Gehlen victory. Gehlen trailed for much of the first half, trailing by a 19-14 score at the half, before they started to click. Gehlen shot an excellent 17 of 23 (74%) as a team from the free throw line, which greatly aided their effort.