MARCUS - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys hosted Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn here Thursday night, and the Hawks took advantage of a poor shooting night by the Eagles to pull out a 57-46 War Eagle Conference victory.
Dylan Spieler scored 15 points to lead Eagle scoring and Jared Gross chipped in with a dozen points. Andrew Hoefling cleared the boards for 12 rebounds to lead MMC in that department.
A disappointed MMC coach Mark Fisher commented, "We had a terrible shooting night, although a lot of that had to do with not taking open shots. But even the open shots we took didn't fall, and we weren't very aggressive getting to the paint and creating better shots.
"We did not execute very well offensively, and that led to some poor shots. We also did not run the floor like we are capable of, and that hurt us as well. .
"On the defensive end, we just did not play with any effort or energy all night. Our defense is predicated on hustle, effort, and identifying certain players in certain spots, and we lacked in all three of these areas tonight. HMS shot the ball very well tonight, but we helped contribute to that with poor defensive effort that led to lots of open shots for them. On the bright side, we took care of the ball much better than we have all year."
In conclusion, Coach Fisher stated, " With the way we've played the last two weeks, we've really backed ourselves into a corner. We have to decide if we're going to make a stand and fight our way back out, or if we're going to throw in the towel."
The Eagles (12-6) end their regular season with two home games, hosting Orange City Unity Christian on Tuesday and Kingsley-Pierson on Friday.