Farwell squeezes by winless

By Ben Murphy

Sports writer

 

Farwell used a big fourth quarter to keep visiting Harrison winless Friday night, breaking a 39-all tie entering the final period to pull away for a 62-55 Jack Pine Conference boys basketball win.

“Slow start, but our defensive intensity picked up in the second half and we were bale to make our comeback and eventually take the lead,” Farwell head coach Erik Schunk said. “We also had four players in double digits so it was nice to see contributions from multiple players.”

Casey Rundell hit an early three-pointer for the Hornets, but Farwell’s Jacob Sutton scored five points in the opening quarter and Curtis Robison added four, giving the Eagles a slim 13-12 lead after the first.

Rundell knocked down two more three-balls in the second and teammate Matt Haskell hit one as well, mixed with two-point shots by Rundell, Brooks Leonard, Tod Steir, Cody Cooper and Justin Yager.

Farwell’s Austin Hickey knocked down a three-pointer to help Farwell stay close, though Harrison pulled ahead 31-25 at the half.

Trent Marhofer scored five points in the third quarter to help Farwell turn the tables on Harrison, as the teams played to a 39-39 tie entering the fourth.

Dylan Brown hit a three-pointer to give Farwell an early lead in the frame and Brown made seven-of-eight free-throws down the stretch to help the Eagles hang on to the win.

Farwell was led by Brown and Walter Mosby with 11 points apiece, with Mosby adding eight rebounds and four steals. Marhofer and Robison both netted 10 points with Marhofer getting five rebounds and making four-of-six charity shots. Sutton finished with nine points, four rebounds and two steals and Hickey had five points.

Harrison was led by Rundell with 14 points, Yager had nine, Cooper and Steir both had seven, Haskell had six and Bret Coughlin put in five.

Farwell (3-10 overall, 2-8 JPC) hosted Carson City on Wednesday, play at Meridian on Friday and play at Beaverton on Tuesday, in a make-up game from a postponed Jan. 30 contest.

The Hornets (0-15 overall, 0-11 JPC) played at Coleman on Tuesday, losing 73-30. Further information was not available at press time. They host Gladwin tonight (Friday) and host Houghton Lake on Jan. 15.