MMCRU still looking for elusive first win after loss to Wolves

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Hunter Tentinger leans back to put up a shot over Bret Sohn of Harris-Lake Park. Tentinger scored 17 points for the Royals.

MARCUS — Harris-Lake Park had just one more run in them than their opponent on Monday as they won 62-57 over MMCRU to hand the Royals their eighth consecutive loss to start the season.

While still a loss, the Royals are trending in the right direction with each of their past two games being closer than their earlier games. Head Coach Toby Young sees the growth and hopes the team can take the next step as Clay Central-Everly visits Remsen on Tuesday.

“I think that we’re headed in the right direction, which is good heading into break,” Young said. “I really think that we’ve turned a corner on both sides of the ball. We still have things we need to fix, but there’s a lot of season left. We’ve got to try to win one night at a time and execute what we need to do.”

It is guaranteed that someone will emerge with their first win of the season as the Mavericks will also enter the game as a winless team.

The Royals used a late first-half surge to pull to within three points at halftime. Unfortunately, the team dug themselves another hole right out of the gate to start the second half, allowing the Wolves to score the first 10 points before a Zach Bonstetter 3-pointer midway through the quarter ended the run.

“A couple weeks ago, down 10 or 12, we would have mailed it in and we would have been down 20 or 25,” Young said. “We didn’t do that tonight. I’m really proud of that.”

MMCRU didn’t give up and slowly worked back into the game as a Hunter Tentinger 3-pointer from the right corner pulled the team to within one and a few possessions later, the Royals took the lead on an Andrew Prescott scoop shot in the lane to make it 46-45. Prescott ended with eight points.

A Chris Schmid old-fashioned 3-point play gave the Royals their largest advantage in the fourth. Schmid later fouled out with a team-high 22 points.

MMCRU’s lead was short-lived as freshman Brody Sohn broke a 49-49 tie with a 3-pointer with 2:15 remaining to hand H-LP a lead they would never relinquish. Brody ended with 34 points as he scored a career high in the game, beating the Royals from the perimeter as well as driving it to the basket. Bret Sohn added 11 points for the Wolves.

“The Sohn kid, he played well,” Young said. “We tried to shut him down as much as possible, but he was taking the ball to the basket, shooting the ball from the outside really well.”

While Schmid ended with 22 points and Tentinger added 17, Young said he needs to find other players to also become reliable scorers.

“I think those two, they know they need to score for us,” Young said. “We need to have five guys on the floor that can do something for us whether it’s rebound, play good defense or knock down some shots. We just need to be better at more guys filling out the scoring column than one or two guys a night.”

H-LP15 15 12 20 62
MMCRU 9 18 9 21 57
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