Westerner boys surge past Royals

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The MMCRU boys’ varsity basketball team traveled to Akron-Westfield high school on Friday, January 18, to take on the Westerners. The previous matchup between these two teams was the opening game of the season on Tuesday, November 27, with the Royals losing 63-58.

Both teams came out of the gates trading buckets, which resulted in many lead changes in quarter number one. At the end of the first, the Royals held a slim 16-15 advantage.

The Royals didn’t waste any time finding a bucket in the second, as Joel Johnson buried a three pointer to give the visitors a four point lead. Senior Reagan Frankl got the Westerners offense back on track, propelling them to a 30-24 lead at the break.

The Royals’ offense went ice cold in quarter number three, scoring just one field goal from Johnson. Because of the scoring drought, Akron-Westfield extended their lead to 22 by the end of three.

The Royals inched their way back in the game, cutting the lead to 13, but it seemed to be too little too late. The Westerners went on to defeat the Royals for the second time this season by a final of 59-43.

For the visiting Royals, Johnson led the team with 20 points, which included four three pointers. Cade Pepper poured in six, and Jordan Marks added five. The Royals hit all 13 of their free throws in the second half, and had 13 offensive rebounds as a unit. Marks led the team in rebounding with eight, and Robert Russell paved the way with five assists.

Most of the Westerners’ production came from Frankl and Aaron Hartman. Frankl had 33 points, while Hartman had 16. Frankl also had a season high 16 rebounds, and led the attack in assists, free throws, and steals.

Royals’ assistant coach Jacob Fiedler after the loss, “We were disappointed in our effort compared to the night before, but we’re ready to get back to work and finish the season on a high note.”

The Royals will hit the hardwood next against the Hinton Blackhawks in Marcus on February 1. The Westerners take on the South O’Brien Wolverines in Paulina.