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MMC boys drop 2 tough games

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lucas Nelson of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn ponders a shot during recent boys basketball action against Hinton in Marcus. Eagle teammates in the background include Neal Bunt (12) and Will Hanson (22). Photo by Paul Struck
The busy Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys basketball team played two tough War Eagle Conference foes on back-to-back nights last week, dropping an 80-66 verdict in Marcus to Remsen-Union Monday night, and falling 80-59 at Akron-Westfield Tuesday night.

The A-W game was a make-up of the game postponed from Friday Dec. 18 due to inclement weather.

In the R-U game, the host Eagles hung close much of the way but could not overcome a 17-8 deficit in the first quarter. The Rockets led 41-30 at halftime, and 64-51 after three periods.

Jordan Boekhout led MMC's scoring with 18 points, while Will Hanson added 15 points, Neal Bunt and Tyrel Godbersen nine apiece, and Lukas Nelson eight. Craig Alesch led R-U with 16 points, and Tyler VanDam tallied 14.

Boekhout also pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists, three blocked shots, and three steals. Hanson had seven boards, four assists, and two steals.

MMC made 27-57 feld goals for a warm 47 percent, including 6-16 three-pointers. R-U sank 33-70 field goals also for 47 percent, and was 8-11 at the free throw line. The Eagles cashed in 6-10 free throws.

"R-U was more physical than us and it showed up in their edge in points in the paint," said first-year MMC coach Pat Bird. "We also turned the ball over 21 times, compared to their 11 turnovers. We've got to have more patience and discipline with the ball. That will be one of ouor main focuses after the Christmas break."

After battling to a hard-fought 38-33 game at halftime at Akron-Westfield, the Eagles were outscored 42-26 in the second half to tumble to the Westerners Tuesday night.

Boekhout led MMC with 20 points, while Hanson and Nelson popped in 12 each. Michael Oetken led A-W with 29 points, and Derek Appley scored 22.

MMC was 6-9 from the charity stripe, and A-W 14-20.

"We took the lead 33-30 late in the second quarter before A-W retook the lead 38-33 at halftime," noted Bird. "We started the second half with a series of turnovers and fouls that allowed A-W to take a 51-35 lead midway through the third period. We were never able to draw close after that. I think their size and strength began to wear on us in the second half. If we can get another player or two in double figures to balance out our scoring, it will really take some of the pressure off Jordan in the middle."

The MMC boys play at South O'Brien Jan. 5, a make-up date for a game originally scheduled for Dec. 16 that was postponed due to inclement weather.

No game statistics were made available for the MMC girls team.

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