MARCUS - Le Mars Gehlen overcame a 10-point deficit late in the game after two Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn starters and leading scorers fouled out, and went on to a 65-59 overtime victory in War Eagle Conference boys basketball action here on Dec. 5th.
The host Eagles led 25-15 at halftime and, after Will Hanson fouled out early in the fourth quarter and leading scorer Jordan Boekhout fouled out at the 5:40 mark, the visiting Jays overcame a 10-point deficit and Adam Nemmers tied the game in the closing seconds on a three-pointer, sending the game into overtime with the teams deadlocked at 55-55.
However, with Boekhout and Hanson on the bench, MMC could not generate much offense, and the Jays eased away for the final margin.
The hard-luck Eagles missed 12 of 20 free throws in the second half to lead to their demise, including a handful of important ones down the fourth-quarter stretch. MMC finished 15-35 at the line. "That won't win very many games," said MMC coach Pat Bird.
Boekhout led the Eagles with 21 points and 11 rebounds for a nice double-double effort, while Hanson tallied 10 points and five boards.
"Lukas Nelson and Neal Bunt played good, hard defense all night long, and John Hoefling came off the bench to grab seven rebounds," noted coach Bird. "Our guys had a great effort. It was a tough defeat, but I told them we would learn from it and move forward."
In the girls opener, the young MMC club scored just 17 points in the first three quarters, before erupting for 16 in the fourth, but could not overtake the Le Mars Gehlen lead.
Rachel McDermott led MMC with nine points, while Kayla Foresman tallied seven, and Melissa Tabke five. Tabke led her team in rebounds with seven, and Foresman grabbed five. Erica Dreckman had a solid floor game with four rebounds, four assists, and five steals.