Royal cagers lose first game

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The MMCRU Royals’ boys basketball team travelled to Akron on November 28 to have their first game of the season and fell short 78-63. The first half of the game was a bit rough for the Royals. The Westerners jumped off to a ten point lead in the first quarter, ending the quarter 21-11. The Westerners extended their lead to 19 points, ending the second quarter 28-19.

The second half was a bit better for the Royals. The Royals were able to bring the Westerners lead down to eight points, ending it 43-35. The Royals stepped up in the fourth quarter shrinking the Westerners lead to 15 points; unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the Royals lost with a final score of 78-63.

Chris Schmid led the Royals in scoring with 29 total points, having nine points come from three pointers, 14 points from two pointers, and six points from free throws. Cade Pepper helped the Royals by getting two steals. Will Hunter was able to help the Royals by getting 13 rebounds. The Westerners’ highest scorers were Nick Jacobs with 33 points and Conner Anderson with 30 points.

The Royals were able to get 15 offensive rebounds, as opposed to the Westerners’ four. The Royals beat out the Westerners for defensive rebounds with 25, while the Westerners’ had 22. The Royals were able to get one successful block, as to the Westerners’ zero.

Head coach Toby Young said, “Overall we did a lot of good things in our first game of the season. Offensively, we played very well and our effort was great all night.” He continued, “Defensively in the first half we struggled to defend the perimeter, but made tremendous strides in the second half and really played much better defensively. We will continue to get better in all areas of the game as the season progresses.” He continued, “We don’t have any injuries and hope remains the same way throughout the year. We have the opportunity to have a great season and I know our players will continue to work hard to get the results we want.”

Senior starter Chris Schmid said, “We did a great job of executing on offense. Our defense needs improvement, but it was only the first game.” He continued, “It shows that we need to work on to improve for the next game to become successful.”