REMSEN -- The Remsen St. Mary's boys couldn't beat South O'Brien to the basket or the boards Tuesday night, dropping the conference game 51-36.
The Wolverines out-rebounded the Hawks 37-19 in RSM's first loss of the season.
"Rebounds, that's kind of where the game was won and lost," RSM assistant coach Joe Schroeder said. "They really controlled the boards on us."
South O'Brien pulled down 14 offensive rebounds against the Hawks for the night, he added.
"That's unacceptable," Schroeder said.
RSM got going slow, starting out with a five-point first quarter while South O'Brien hammered out 16 points before the break.
"They clamped down on Matt Wesselmann, our leading scorer," Schroeder said. "Some frustration set in and we kind of struggled. We had good shots, open looks, but we weren't hitting."
Then the Hawks got some energy going, outscoring the Wolverines 8-6 in the second quarter, making the score 22-13 at halftime with South O'Brien still holding a nine-point lead.
"We had another rough start in the third quarter," Schroeder said. "We only scored four points in the first five minutes."
The Wolverines scored 19 points to RSM's nine that quarter, making the score 41-22 going into the final period.
Even with the defensive pressure, RSM's Wesselmann led scoring for the Hawks. The junior logged 10 points for the night -- a drop from his average of about 26 points per game.
RSM sophomore Elliot Conover added nine points for the Hawks and senior Tyler Delperdang scored eight.
Freshman Brady Harpenau grabbed five rebounds for RSM and senior Nate Roder pulled down four.
Both Roder and Delperdang tallied three steals for the evening.
Schroeder said the team is positive heading into Friday's matchup with a big, physical Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn team.
"We had three nice games to start the year 3-0, then we had a little setback," Schroeder said. "We told them as long as they learn from it, we'll be all right. If we do the little things that we're capable of doing, I think we'll be all right."