The busy Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys won one of three tough basketball games in the past week, falling 68-64 at Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 80-60 at Storm Lake St. Mary's, and winning 62-43 over Granville Spalding in Marcus.
Will Hanson led MMC at SB-L with 16 points, followed by Jay Welp 12, Zach Specht nine, and Neal Bunt and John Hoefling at eight apiece. Derek Jensen led the Warriors with 22 points.
The Eagles sank 24-48 field goals for a warm 50 percent, and SB-L made 28-47 for a sizzling 60 percent. MMC netted 12-24 free throws, to 7-17 for SB-L.
"We played a good game overall," sid MMC coach Pat Bird. "We battled back from an early deficit and took the lead in the third quarter. They had a 3-1 point advantage in the paint and that was the difference."
Welp scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead MMC against St. Mary's, while Hanson tallied 14 points with six boards. Paul Yak led the Panthers with 23 points and Nate Lenhart added 17.
MMC made 23-58 field goals for 40 percent, and sank 12-15 free throws. St. Mary's was 32-60 from the floor for 53 percent, and converted 11-15 free throws.
"St. Mary's is a very good ball club," said MMC's Bird. "Yak created all kinds of trouble for us. Our outside shooting was a little off and that really hurt us in the third quarter."
Welp scored 14 and Hanson 13 in the win over Spalding, with Bunt and Specht adding nine apiece. Brian Hansen led Spalding with 11 points, and Eric Konz added eight.
MMC led 37-16 at halftime and maintained that margin for the 19-point win.
"It was nice to finally play a home game after playing our first four games on the road," said MMC's Bird. "Zach came off the bench to give us a spark defensively and that fired up the rest of the team. We are starting to get more balance in our scoring."
The 1-4 MMC boys host Kingsley-Pierson Friday before the holiday break."