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MMC boys lose late to Le Mars Gehlen

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nate Rassel of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (22) plays defense against Le Mars Gehlen in Marcus Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - A deep Le Mars Gehlen team outscored a tuckered Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn club 24-6 in the pivotal fourth quarter to come away with a hard-fought 71-61 victory here Friday night.

The battling Eagles of coach Pat Bird had fashioned a 55-47 lead after three periods, but saw it vanish in the final eight minutes as Gehlen's Trevor Bouma scored 15 of his 33 game-high points in that time span to lead the Jays home. Bouma sank 17-18 free throws in the game to lead to his 33-point outburst that single-handedly did in the Eagles. Conor Kneip added 10 points for Gehlen.

Zach Specht led the MMC boys with 25 points, and Dylan Spieler added 18.

MMC made 21-50 field goals for 42 percent, including 12-25 three-pointers, and converted 7-13 free throws. Gehlen was 23-46 from the field for 50 percent, was 3-3 for three-balls, and meshed 22-37 free throws for the difference in the game, along with Bouma.

"As in the first time we played Gehlen in December, Bouma was their go-to guy. Both times we were able to shut down Michael Whitehead, their other main scorer, and both times Bouma came up big.

"Gehlen's big bodies wore us down through the first three quarters and by the middle of the fourth, we ran out of gas. Zach had a big game for us, handling the ball and putting up 25 points. In the end, their overall size and free throw advantage was just too much for us."

MMC (12-8) plays at Kingsley-Pierson Friday night.

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