The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys split two recent basketball games, defeating Akron-Westfield 56-51 in Marcus, and losing 67-55 at Ruthven-Ayrshire.
Trailing 29-28 at halftime against the visiting Westerners, the Eagles went on a 13-3 scoring run in the third quarter to take a 41-32 lead into the final eight minutes and hung on from there for the victory.
MMC placed four players in double figures for a sweet scoring balance, with Neal Bunt totaling 14 points, followed by Will Hansen 13, Jesse Kunzweiler 12, and John Hoefling 11.
Eric Eskra paced the Westerners with 16 points, and Conner Heyl added 12.
MMC cashed in 15-17 free throws for a superb night at the line that directly led to the big win. A-W was 6-15 from the foul line.
"It was great to win our second game in a row, and it was especially nice to win in front of our home crowd," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "We played great defense on them in the third quarter, holding them to three points. I love to see a balanced scoring attack like we had tonight. That shows that the boys are working together as a team."
The win was special for the Eagles because they had lost by 19 points at A-W earlier in the season. The sharp-shooting Eagles also nailed 9-11 fre throws in the fourth frame to help seal the deal.
Hansen tallied 18 points and Hoefling 17 in the loss at Ruthven-Ayrshire, with the Eagles netting 11-18 free throws and R-A 11-20.
Ryan Sikora led the hosts with 25 points, followed by Mark Geelan 16, and Colton Bakken 10.
"We battled with them for 32 minutes, but we could never seem to cut into the 10-point margin that thye opened up in the second quarter," said MMC coach Bird. "Their big guys in the paint (Geelan 6-7, 290 pounds, and Bakken 6-4, 305 pounds) made it difficult for us to get offensive rebounds when we missed.
"On offense, John Hoefling did a great job of taking the ball to the basket, and Will Hansen hit some threes, but beyond that we never real;ly got in sync."
No statistics were submitted for the MMC girls.
The MMC teams host Remsen-Union Friday in Marcus.