MMCRU boys basketball beats Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
MARCUS — The MMCRU boys basketball team clamped down defensively to hold Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to a season low in scoring as they picked up a 44-40 win over the Hawks in a War Eagle Conference game Friday.
The Hawks had entered the game riding a five game winning streak while averaging over 65 points per game during that span. The team had just come off of their season-high in scoring the night before in a 74-54 win over West Bend-Mallard.
The Hawks had 18 turnovers in the game with half of those being steals from the Royals who got two steals apiece from Gunnar Johnson, Michael Peterson and Brayson Mulder.
The Hawks were also held without a 3-point field goal in their 10 attempts and shot just 12-of-44 from the field. H-M-S did hold the advantage at the free-throw line, making 16 compared to four points there for the Royals, but they also missed half of their 32 opportunities.
MMCRU shot just slightly better in the game with a 31 percent overall success rate from the field. The team was 4-of-18 from the perimeter. Kyler Bork and Mulder each had two 3-pointers in the win as they tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. They also each made both of their free throw attempts. Mulder added 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Bork finished with four assists which was second on the team.
Peterson finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Mitchell Schnepf led the team with five assists and added six points and four rebounds. Lucas Braun scored four points while Johnson rounded out the scoring with a bucket.
Kooper Ebel and Lance Berends had double-doubles for the Hawks in the loss. Ebel led the way with 17 points and he pulled down 10 rebounds. He led the team with three steals and a block. Berends scored 13 points and had the same number of rebounds. Travis Kamradt added six points and Keevyn Jacobsma rounded out the scoring with four points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by four points or less. The Royals have won two of the three after splitting last year’s contests. The two teams will meet again on Jan. 24 in Hartley.
MMCRU improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference. H-M-S slipped to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.