AKRON - The Akron-Westfield boys jumped out to a 23-11 first quarter lead over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Jan. 15th War Eagle Conference basketball action at Akron, then continued to build on that lead through the first three quarters. When the shooting was done, the Westerners had racked up an 89-51 win over the Eagles.
AW blistered the nets with 62.5% field goal shooting, including 50% (5-10) from three-point range. They also shot 82.4% from the line, hitting 14 of 17 charity attempts.
It's hard to beat a performance like that, but MMC gave it a shot, hitting 45.9% from the field and 78.6% from the line themselves. Akron-Westfield took 19 more shots than the Eagles, though, and they also out-rebounded MMC 22-14 and committed just six turnovers to the Eagles' 19.
MMC's scoring was led by Jordan Boekhout, who scored 21 points. Derek Lewis was second high scorer with nine points. Neal Bunt led MMC rebounders with six boards.
Michael Oetken scored 26 points to lead the Westerners, while Derek Appley tallied 19.
Despite the loss, MMC coach Al Vasher saw several bright spots for his 0-12 squad.
Vasher said, "I think that we are finally starting to play at a higher, more consistent level. The boys seem to be executing better at the offensive end, but we still need to be a little stronger defensively. We have done good job at cutting down our turnovers, but need to create more scoring opportunities from defensive pressure. Our guards have stepped up their play, and the posts keep battling. It's good to see the boys compete at a higher, more intense level."