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Eagle boys rock River Valley, HMS

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys rocked River Valley 71-41 in a non-conference weather make-up in Correctionville Feb. 7, and then nicked non-conference foe Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 51-48 in Marcus Feb. 8.

River Valley's Brennan Riedemann watches his free throw attempt during the Wolverines' recent game against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. Photo by Jolene Smith
Four Eagles hit double figures in the convincing win over River Valley, with Zach Specht leading the way with 16 points, followed by Jesse Kunzweiler 15, John Hoefling 14, and Neal Bunt 10.

Brennan Riedemann led the Wolverines with 19 points, and Brody Riedemann added 14.

MMC meshed 24-51 field goals for 47 percent, including just 2-13 three-balls, and was a solid 21-27 from the free throw line. RV made 15-49 shots for 31 percent, including 7-23 three-pointers, and cashed in just 4-8 free throws for a 13-point discrepancy in that department.

The Eagles led 35-18 at halftime and outscored RV 36-23 in the second half to seal the deal.

"River Valley's Mark Peterson was absent due to illness and this probably helped contribute to us piling up 22 steals," noted MMC coach Pat Bird. "We were able to work the ball into the paint in the second half after River Valley's Zac Gander and Mason Alitz got into foul trouble.

"We had some balanced scoring out of our upperclassmen. Spreading the scoring out like that really makes it tough for the opposition to defend. Our big guys did a great job of keeping the ball out of Gander's hands in the paint."

Dylan Spieler led MMC with 17 points in the win over HMS, while Bunt added nine, and Kunzweiler eight. Gregh Hegstad paced the Hawks with 16 points, and Cody Leng tallied 12.

MMC led 27-15 at halftime, and 38-28 after three frames, before the Hawks battled back on a 20-13 scoring run in the final period to make things close but no cigar.

The winners sank 13-57 field goals for a frigid 23 percent, and netted 21-34 free throws in the foul-plagued game that saw the teams shoot 59 free throws.. HMS made 17-43 shots for 40 percent, and cashed in 11-25 free throws.

Spieler saved the day in the second half for MMC, scoring 16 of his 17 game-high points, including 9-10 free throws and eight in a row down the stretch to help hold off the Hawks' furious comeback effort.

"T thought our three seniors - Neal, Jesse, and John - showed a lot of leadership out on the court tonight," said coach Bird. "Dylan proved his mettle by scoring 16 points in the second half when we really needed it. HMS is a physical, scrappy team, and I was pleased with the way our guys hung in there when they turned up the pressure."

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