Le Mars boys basketball falls in rough-and-tumble affair with CBAL

Tuesday, January 24, 2023
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Le Mars Community’s Dylan Walking Eagle scores a basket in the team’s game against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Friday. He made all three of his shot attempts in the game and was one of three players to finish with six points which tied for second on the team.

LE MARS — It was a physical, rough-and-tumble affair Friday as the Le Mars Community boys basketball team hosted Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in a Missouri River Activities Conference game. The game featured 48 fouls including a technical foul on each side in a 55-43 Bulldog loss.

Le Mars trailed by double digits in the second quarter before they got a little bit of a spark when Jayden Calabro was assessed a technical foul after a personal foul against Connor Jalas. The double set of fouls gave Jalas four free throw attempts as well as the ball back to the Bulldogs. Jalas ended up making two of the four with no one standing near him.

The 50 percent success rate matched the team’s 14-of-28 free throw shooting percentage for the game, something Le Mars Head Coach Dave Irwin said needs to increase if the Bulldogs are going to be able to get some wins.

“We kind of took ourselves out of it with the free throws,” Irwin said. “At one point I think we missed eight out of nine in the first half and when it’s 12-8 and you have all those opportunities, it’s a situation we should have taken advantage of. When you’re a team that struggles to score, you have to take advantage of free opportunities. We didn’t take advantage of it. There’s six one-and-one’s possible in the game and we missed five front ends. There’s a possible 10 points right there you take off the board right there. That’s not counting the other ones that we missed. That was the game for us.”

The Bulldogs followed the technical with a spurt of back-to-back layups from Brayden Dreckman, the team’s leading scorer with nine points, late in the half to force a timeout from the Lynx with the score 24-16 in favor of CBAL.

Whatever momentum the Bulldogs may have been able to take into the locker room at halftime was stopped by a technical foul by Nolan Kass in the final minute of the second quarter. Will Costello got a quick steal and layup which was followed by the technical foul shots from Etienne Higgins which stretched the CBAL lead back to double digits by halftime.

“You squander away an opportunity at the end of the first half with a chance to cut it to six and instead you go into the locker room down 12, that’s pretty deflating,” Irwin said. “I thought the guys responded fairly well in the second half and competed really well and did some good things.”

Le Mars was able to get the deficit down to six with about two minutes left in the third quarter as buckets from Wanding Hosnyang and Dylan Walking Eagle, who finished with six points apiece, helped pull the score to 33-27. The team added another six from Drew Galles as he hit a turnaround shot at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to make the score 41-33.

Teagen Kasel knocked down a fourth quarter 3-pointer, the only make from 3-point range in seven attempts by the Bulldogs in the game, as he finished with five points, but it wasn’t enough to help the Bulldogs complete a comeback.

CBAL had four individuals score in double figures. Mathok Mathok led the Lynx with 13 points. Cole Arnold, Creighton Bracker and Higgins all finished with 10 points.

In what has been a reoccurring theme throughout the season, Irwin said turnovers hurt the Bulldogs again as they turned the ball over 22 times.

“If we continue to turn the ball over, we’re going to continue to get the same results we’ve had up to this point,” Irwin said. “I thought we did some things a little bit better offensively, but again, we can’t keep giving away possessions.”

Le Mars dropped their seventh game in a row as they fell to 2-10 overall and 2-7 in MRAC games. CBAL improved to 9-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference.

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