MARCUS - The rated Orange City Unity Christian Knights broke out to a 44-23 halftime lead on the way to a 78-65 win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in War Eagle Conference boys basketball here on Jan. 9.
Jordan Boekhout led all scorers with 30 points for MMC, including a superb 6-8 effort from the three-point line. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Will Hanson added 21 points for the Eagles.
Ryan Hoekstra paced the Knights with 22 points, and Austin Katje added 12.
MMC made 22-47 field goals for 47 percent, including 12-22 three-balls. Unity Christian sank 30-57 shots for a sizzling 53 percent. The Eagles were 9-15 from the free throw line, and Unity Christian was 12-17.
"We had a good effort against a talented and deep ball club," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "They controlled the paint on both ends of the floor. Fortunately, we were hitting the three-point shots. They used their superior size on offense, getting 42 points in the paint, compared to our 16.
"They have so much depth that they frequently subbed in 4-5 players at a time without skipping a beat. We had fewer turnovers in this game than we have in any of the previous eight games. I've always felt that patience with the ball is a sign of confidence, so I was happy with the lack of turnovers that we had."