By Ben Murphy
Meridian used a strong second quarter to put distance between themselves and visiting Farwell on Monday night, topping the Eagles 61-33 in Jack Pine Conference boys basketball.
“We played extremely flat,” Farwell head coach Erik Schunk said. “Haven’t struggled like that in a long time. Hope it is the last time this season I have to say that.”
The Mustangs scored the first two baskets of the game to take an early 4-0 lead, though Walter Mosby knocked down Farwell’s first points on a pull-up mid-range jumper on the right side of the court to make it 4-2.
The Eagles continued to hang around early on, getting a deep two-pointer by Dylan Brown to make the score 6-4 and getting a drive by Trevor McComber that made it 10-6.
Meridian scored the next two baskets to lead 14-6 after the first quarter.
The Mustangs opened the second quarter on an 11-2 run, with Farwell getting a pull-up jumper from the left elbow by Mosby as its only basket.
Austin Hickey nailed a three-pointer late in the half, but the Eagles continued to fall behind 31-11 at the break.
Meridian continued to pull away in the third with a 16-11 scoring edge, with Farwell getting four points by Brown, a three-ball by Mosby and a two-point basket by Seth Baginski.
Baginski added a three-pointer in the fourth as Farwell was outplayed 14-11 in the last quarter to account for the 61-33 final.
Mosby led Farwell with seven points, Brown had six points, Baginski had five points, four rebounds and two steals and McComber had four points and four steals.
On Friday, Feb. 15 the Eagles fell at home to Roscommon in another JPC game, 56-41.
The teams played to a 12-all tie at the end of the first, with Mosby leading the way with a pair of field-goals.
Mosby hit a three-pointer in a low-scoring second quarter, as both teams played to a 19-19 score at the half.
The Bucks took control of the game in the third however, hitting three shots from three-point land as Farwell could only convert on two field-goals in the frame to trail 35-25 entering the fourth.
Brown scored seven points in the fourth and Jacob Sutton scored five, including hitting a three-pointer but the Eagles couldn’t get back into the game, getting outscored 21-16 in the frame.
“We played a very good first half,” Schunk said. “Our transition offense and defense was our best weapon. In the second half, they cut down on our break outs and our offense struggled to score.”
Brown and Sutton both had 11 points to lead Farwell in the loss, with Mosby adding nine points, nine rebounds and three assists. Trent Marhofer added four points and 11 rebounds.
Farwell (3-14 overall, 2-11 JPC) play at Clare tonight (Friday) and host Montabella on Tuesday.