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Spalding handles hampered MMC boys

Monday, February 9, 2009

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Lukas Nelson drives the ball towards the basket during recent boys basketball action in Marcus. The Eagles dropped a War Eagle Conference tussle at Granville Spalding last week. Photo by Paul Struck
GRANVILLE - With their leading scorer and rebounder Jordan Boekhout battling foul trouble and forced to sit out much of the action, the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys proved no match for Granville Spalding here on Jan. 29 , dropping a 55-38 verdict.

MMC led 8-7 after the first quarter and trailed 26-19 at halftime as Boekhout, a 6-4 senior, picked up his third foul midway into the second period. Will Hanson, The Eagles' second leading scorer and rebounder, was knocked out with a knee injury two minutes to go in the first half and didn't return for a double whammy for the MMC boys.

Neal Bunt paced the MMC scoring with 13 points. Ben Jungers led Spalding with 16 points, and Matt Wanderscheid added 11.

The foul-plagued game, featuring a plodding 54 free throws shot, had MMC sinking 13-32 free throws, and Spalding making 12-22.

"We jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before their defense stiffened up and began to make us rush things on offense," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "Jordan picked up his second foul at the 5-minute mark of the first quarter and sat for the remainder of that quarter and much of the second quarter. He returned briefly midway through the second quarter, only to be whistled for his third foul shortly thereafter. We played hard, but began to lose the battle of the boards with Jordan on the bench.

"With two minutes to go in the first half, Will suffered a knee injury and did not play the remainder of the game. Spalding's relentless pressure took its toll on us and they slowly pulled away. Neal Bunt had a solid game for us all the way around. Losing Will was a big blow to our team. Offensively and defensively he is a real difference maker."

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