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MMC boys fall to RSM in tourney

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Neal Bunt of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn goes up for a shot during the Eagles Class 1A District boys basketball loss to Remsen St. Mary's in Marcus on Feb. 16th. Photo by Roy Tucker
Eagles beat K-P in reg. season action

MARCUS - Remsen St. Mary's got 28 points from Skyler Higgins, to eke out a 70-64 victory over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in boys Class 1A District basketball action here on Feb. 16th.

MMC's boys beat Kingsley-Pierson 76-47 on Feb. 13th to end their regular season play.

Against RSM, the Eagles missed 10-11 free throws in the second half and had no answer on defense for Higgins, who drained five three-pointers in the first half on his way to his 28-point salvo. Other Hawks hitting double figures were Tanner Kockler 16, and Beau Pick 13.

Will Hanson led MMC with 22 points, while Neal Bunt added 13, and Jordan Boekhoout 11.

RSM jumped to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter, and led 39-32 at halftime before taking a 55-46 bulge into the final period. The Hawks were aided by an 18-36 effort at the free throw line, while MMC tallied just 7-19 for the difference in the game.

"They came out shooting extremely well," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "They hit four three-point shots in the first quarter. We fought back in the fourth quarter and closed the gap to three points on a three-point shot by Zach Specht with four minutes to go. That was as close as we got, although we had several opportunities down the stretch.

"We missed some defensive assignments early on and they made us pay for it. I liked the way our guys fought back in the fourth quarter, however we missed 10-11 free throws in the second half and you just can't do that in close games. To Remsen's credit, they had a good game plan, and they shot the ball well."

In the Eagles' victory over K-P Saturday night, Boekhout and John Hoefling led a balanced attack with 14 points apiece, while Bunt tallied 13, Lukas Nelson 12, and Hanson 10.

Tate Rohde led the Panthers with 13 points, and Ben Goracke added 10.

MMC bolted to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter, and took a 51-25 halftime lead, as the Eagles dominated the boards 47-27.

MMC sank 31-69 field goals for 45 percent, and was 9-18 from the free throw line. K-P made 18-63 shots for 29 percent, and was 6-14 from the line.

"It was nice to get five players in double figures," said Bird. "Jordan and Will both had double-doubles. K-P is a very young team. They fought hard for 32 minutes."



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