Late rally falls short for MMCRU

Thursday, January 3, 2019

On Saturday, December 15, the MMCRU Royals’ boys’ basketball team looked to get back in the win column against the Titans from GT/RA. These two teams met in a mid-November jamboree, which resulted in a one point win for the Titans in two quarters of play.

Just like the previous night against Gehlen, the Royals fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter. They cut into the deficit, making 12-8, but GT/RA responded to extend their lead to 23-10. The Royals fell behind as much as 16 points, but trimmed the Titan lead to 12 at the half, 33-21.

In the second half, Robert Russell got after it on defense with a couple steals going the other way, and Joel Johnson hit a pair of three pointers. All of a sudden, the Royals trailed by just six. With just four minutes to play, GT/RA held a 50-44 lead, but couldn’t put away the Royals due to poor ball control.

The Titans lead stood at 50-48, but Chris Conlon hit a clutch jumper to put them back up by four. On the Royals’ next possession, Andrew Prescott attacked the glass and trimmed the lead back to two. Trailing 52-50, with 25 seconds remaining, the Royals couldn’t connect on a three pointer, which gave GT/RA the ball back to shoot two free throws. Tom Geelan connected on both shots, propelling the Titans to a 54-50 victory.

The Royals were led by Joel Johnson and Andrew Prescott, who each had 12 points. Robert Russell was right behind them with 11. Jordan Marks hauled in eight rebounds, and Cade Pepper had four. Pepper also led the assist category with five.

The Titans were carried by Tyson Kruse and Tom Geelan with 17 and 14 points respectively. As a team, they shot 5 of 12 from beyond the arc, but just 3 of 8 from the free throw line. Kruse also crashed the boards very well, snagging 13 rebounds. Geelan was next for the Titans with eight. GT/RA put up their second highest assist total on the season with 19.

The win for GT/RA puts them above the .500 mark at 4-3. Their next matchup will be on Friday, January 4, at Manson-NW Webster. The loss for the Royals puts them at 1-6. Their next matchup will also be on January 4, hosting the Unity Christian Knights in Marcus.