After suffering through a losing streak that reached over 20 games, the Farwell boys basketball team has a new streak going for them. Monday night’s 60-52 non-league win at Montabella gave the Eagles a two-game winning streak.
“It feels great to be honest,” Farwell head coach Erik Schunk said. “Last year was obviously rough and the returners on the team felt that pressure coming into this year. With our new additions to the team we have formed a pretty good team chemistry and they are a great group of hard working players. Coaching this group of players is fun, they work so hard.”
Farwell stormed out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter, with Dylan Brown, Jacob Sutton, Curtis Robinso and Mitch Nordstrom all burying a three-pointer apiece.
The Mustangs answered by outscoring the Eagles 16-10 in the second half to make it 32-27 at the half. Walter Mosby scored six of Farwell’s 10 points in the frame to help them stay ahead.
Trent Marhofer scored six points in the third quarter to help Farwell extend its lead with a 36-39 lead entering the fourth, but Montabella took a 49-47 lead with four minutes left in the contest.
The Eagles closed the game on a 13-3 run to secure the win.
“We showed a lot of maturity, when Montabella changed up some defenses throughout the game as well as in the fourth quarter when they took a two-point lead,” Schunk said. “We responded great and showed patience. I am proud of the defensive effort they put in as they created 14 steals which helped spark our offense.”
Marhofer led Farwell with 14 points and two blocks, Robinson had 12 points and three rebounds, Sutton had nine points and eight boards, Seth Baginski and Brown both had five points, with Brown adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
On Friday, Dec. 14 Farwell snapped its losing skid, topping host Harrison 60-52 in a Jack Pine Conference contest.
“Our defense played as a unit rather than individuals which was key to our success,” Schunk said. “Mosby and Robinson played fearlessly on offense, knocking down many big shots throughout the night.”
The Eagles opened the game with a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, with Mosby netting 13 of Farwell’s 16 points. Both teams netted 11 points in the second stanza to make the score 27-21 at the half.
Harrison’s Bryce Osborn had a big second half, netting seven points in the third and eight in the fourth but Farwell outscored outscored the Hornets 15-14 in the third and 18-17 in the fourth. Robinson scored 16 points in the second half to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds, with Mosby scoring 23 and grabbing five steals. Marhofer added seven points and five rebounds.
Harrison was led by Osborn with 21 points and Cody Cooper netted 15.
The Eagles also hosted JPC leading Beaverton on Wednesday, Dec. 12, falling 71-25. Austin Hickey scored six points in the losing cause with Walter Mosby and Will Hallman both netting five.
Farwell (2-3 overall, 1-2 JPC) hosted Coleman on Wednesday and returns to action Jan. 4 by hosting Meridian in a JPC contest.
Harrison (0-4 overall, 0-3 JPC hosted Lake City on Thursday in a non-league game and returns to league play Jan. 4 at Gladwin.