Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Lucas Nelson pulls up on the dribble to look inside during the Eagles' War Eagle Conference tussle with Hinton in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - Tall and talented Hinton raced out to a 22-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter on the way to a 75-54 War Eagle Conference win over the battling Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles here on Dec. 12.
MMC's Will Hanson led al scorers with 28 points in a yeoman effort, with Neal Bunt adding nine points. Josh VanderPlaats paced the undefeated Blackhawks with 25 points, while Dustin Kruse chipped in 12.
The Eagles shot 20-51 from the field for 39 percent, and the winners made 30-55 for a sizzling 55 percent. MMC meshed 7-17 free throws, and Hinton 9-14.
John Hoefling of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn goes up for a basket against three Hinton defenders in War Eagle Conference basketball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
The active Hanson also led MMC in rebounds with five, and in steals with five. Jordan Boekhout, MMC's leading scorer, was bottled up by several Hinton defenders much of the night. He did grab five rebounds and talllied five points.
Hinton led 19-11 after the first period, and stormed to a 41-19 halftime lead, before taking a 56-32 bulge into the final frame.
"Our guys battled hard. That's all that I ask," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "I told them there's nothing to be ashamed of after an effort like that. Hinton is deep, tall, and talented. Will Hanson had a good all-around game for us."