MARCUS - The Hinton boys outscored Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 16-8 in the fourth quarter to break up a tied game at 39-39 after three periods on the way to a 55-47 War Eagle Conference basketball victory here Friday night.
The Eagles fought to take a 28-22 halftime lead after outscoring the Blackhawks 17-9 in the second quarter to overcome a 13-11 deficit after the first eight minutes.
Freshman Dylan Spieler led MMC with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jesse Kunzweiler and Tyler Prunty each scored eight, and John Hoefling and Tanner Utesch seven apiece for the balanced Eagles.
MMC sank 13-51 field goals for a cold 26 percent, including 4-19 three-balls, and netted 17-27 free throws.
Craig Brown led Hinton's scoring with 15 points, followed by Seth Butler 14, and Jason Vanderkooi 13.
Hinton made 19-54 field goals for 35 percent, and was 2-8 from the three-point line. The BLackhawks meshed 15-26 free throws.
"We lost our composure midway through the third period," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "They hit two three-point shots and turned up the defensive intensity and we could not buy a basket. Fatigue may have been a factor in the second half as we were shorthanded due to (starting guard) Neal Bunt's absence caused by a stress fracture in his foot.
"Our transition offense has shown signs of improvement in the last two games, we just need to learn to handle adversity better during the tough stretches of a game."
The Eagles enter holiday break and host Remsen St. Mary's Jan. 4 in a WEC boy-girl double-header.