The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys dropped two tough War Eagle Conference basketball games last week, falling 73-42 at Le Mars Gehlen Friday, and losing a 42-40 heartbreaker to West Sioux at Marcus Saturday in a weather make-up game.
Against Gehlen, the Eagles battled to a 35-32 halftime deficit, before the Jays went on a 16-7 scoring spurt in the third frame to blow it open. gehlen then outscored MMC 22-3 in the fourth to seal the deal.
Neal Bunt paced the MMC scoring with nine points, while John Hoefling tallied seven, and Jesse Kunzweiler six. Michael Whitehead led the Jays with 22 points, Trevor Bouma and Zach Wurth added 11 each, and Conor Kneip added 10.
MMC sank just 12-49 field goals for a chilly 24 percent, and cashed in 14-25 free throws. Gehlen netted 31-53 shots for a torrid 58 percent, and was 9-24 from the free throw line.
"Gehlen has a bunch of quick, physical players and that took its toll on us as the game progressed," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "We got a little impatient on offense in the second half when we were trying to keep up with their scoring. Much of that impatience was due to their tough man-to-man defense."
Bint scored 10 points and Dylan Spieler nine in the heart-breaking loss against West Sioux. Fran Garcis led the Falcons with 16 points.
MMC was 16-56 for 28 percent in field goal accuracy, and made 4-7 free throws. West Sioux shot 16-36 from the field for 44 percent, and cashed in 2-2 free throws.
The Falcons led 25-18 at halftime in this see-saw battle, and MMC led 34-30 after three periods, before West Sioux outscored the hosts 12-6 in the final frame.
"We struggled to put the ball in the basket," said MMC coach Bird. "We tied the game at 40-40 with three minutes to go and then failed to score in the last three minutes, with Garcia putting in a two-point basket with one minute to go. We had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but a shot bounced off the rim and a follow-up tip at the buzzer fell short. Pur defense was plenty good to win the game, but shooting 28 percent just doesn't get the job done."