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Granville Spalding slips by MMC boys

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kyle Wester of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fires a perimeter shot as teammate Jordan Boekhout moves in for a possible rebound during recent boys basketball action in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - Visiting Granville Spalding outscored the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys 33-26 in the second half on the way to a decisive 59-46 War Eagle Conference basketball victory here on Jan. 13.

The Eagles battled to a 26-20 halftime deficit before their cold shooting hampered them throughout the final two periods. Spalding led 35-28 heading into the final quarter.

Will Hanson paced MMC's scoring with 19 points, and Jordan Boekhout added 16 and nine team-high rebounds. Matt Wanderscheid led Spalding with 20 points, and Ben Jungers tossed in 14.

MMC sank 13-44 field goals for a chilly 30 percent, including just 4-18 from the three-point arc. Spalding hit 19-52 shots for 37 percent, and was 4-15 for three-balls. The Eagles netted 16-26 free throws, and Spalding was 17-27 in the foul-plagued game that saw both teams trek to the line a whopping 53 times.

"The game was rough from start to finish, with a total of 46 fouls being called," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "We out-rebounded Spalding 29-24, but our shooting was ice cold. Some of that was probably due to their physical style of play.

"Spalding has 10 seniors on their roster, and I think their depth wore on us as the game progressed. Over all, I like the way our boys are rebounding and playing defense. We still have some work to do when it comes to patience on the offensive end of the court."

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