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St. Mary's handles MMC boys

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Will Hanson fires a pass over a defender in recent boys basketball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck.
MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys dropped a 74-56 non-conference basketball game to a good Storm Lake St. Mary's team here on Dec. 13th, after trailing 33-27 at halftime.

Jordan Boekhout paced the MMC effort with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds despite playing the entire second half in foul trouble and forced to sit out valuable minutes. Neal Bunt added 13 points, and Will Hanson tossed in a dozen and snagged seven rebounds.

Brandon Smith and Michel Ivey led St. Mary's with 17 points apiece, and Conner Richardson added 14, and Paul Yak 11.

The Eagles sank 19-57 field goals for a chilly 33 percent, and cashed in 13-19 free throws. MMC was hampered throughout with a whopping 23 turnovers.

"We started the game out just fine," said MMC first-year coach Pat Bird. "In the second quarter they pressed us, and we didn't respond to it well at all. We were again hurt by foul trouble. Will Hanson fouled out mid-way through the fourth quarter, and Jordan Boekhout had to sit out or play unaggressive defense because he had three fouls at halftime, and four fouls through much of the fourth quarter.

"I have to get the boys to be more disciplined on the court when things aren't going our way. Turning the ball over 23 times is really hard to overcome unless you are having an extremely hot night shooting. Some of our guys might have been a little drained from the rough game with hinton the night before. Even so, we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball."

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