MARCUS -- Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn came out shooting and owned the first half of the ball game with the Westerner boys, and despite a second-half rally, A-W couldn't climb back out of the hole to overtake the Eagles.
MMC won 53-36 in the matchup Tuesday.
The Eagles (8-2) flew out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter and added 14 more points before halftime while holding A-W to three again, making the score 33-6, MMC.
The Westerners started to warm up in the third quarter, scoring nine points to MMC's 12, making it 45-15 going into the final stanza.
A-W put up 21 points in the fourth quarter, holding the Eagles to eight, but the gap was too big for them to close before the final buzzer.
The Westerners struggled with free throws, going 9-of-22 from the charity stripe. They shot 12-of-37 from the field. Turnovers also gave A-W fits -- the Westerners had 42 for the evening, while MMC had 33.
"The saga continues, too many turnovers and poor shooting," A-W coach Jon Harris said. "We did do some better things in the second half. We are not able to practice with the type of pressure we see in the games right now and we get overwhelmed. We continue to look to build on any positives that we see in the games and try to learn from the negatives."
MMC's Dylan Spieler led scoring with 17 points. Zach Kellogg, Reece Jackson and Isaiah Petersen each added seven for the Eagles. Spieler also led in MMC rebounds with nine.
A-W junior Nathan Sanchez led the Westerners with 10 points for the night. Sophomore Tavian Banks added six points for A-W.
Junior Chance Hoffman led in rebounds for the Westerners with 10, and senior Kyle Schroeder grabbed five boards. Sophomore Kevin Carlson made four steals and Sanchez had five steals against MMC.
A-W goes into Friday's matchup with Spalding Catholic with a record of 0-10.