By Ben Murphy
After taking Lake City to overtime last month, Harrison had hoped to take out the Trojans on their home court on Monday. Instead, Lake City controlled the action for most of the night, winning the non-conference boys’ basketball game 45-38.
Harrison got off to a slow start offensively, trailing 11-4 after the first quarter and 15-10 at the half.
“We came out flat from the offensive end,” Harrison head coach Jim Hoshield said. “They put on a tough man-to-man defense that took us out of our game. Our defense shut them down in the second. Second half was back-and-forth, they scored, we scored but we couldn’t get a defensive stop when we needed it,” he added.
Bret Coughlin led Harrison with 15 points and Masa Higa had eight points.
“We put on a push at the end of the game but came up short,” Hoshield said.
On Friday the Hornets played in Roscommon in a Jack Pine Conference contest, winning 59-39.
Harrison jumped off to a 10-0 lead and led 23-8 after the first quarter.
“We had to come out with that intensity that we are capable and come out we did,” Hoshield said. “We went on a run to start the game and never looked back.”
Roscommon scored just two points in the second quarter but the Bucks did get the game back to within 10 points at one time in the second half.
Harrison also made 21-of-24 from the free-throw line in the game while Roscommon was 0-for-12.
Coughlin had 15 points to lead Harrison, Haskell and Dennis both had 11, Michael Taylor had 10, Justin Yager had seven.
“A team victory for sure,” Hoshield said.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Harrison played at Clare in another JPC game, losing 66-55.
Clare led 15-13 after the first quarter but the the Hornets turned the tables to lead 27-24 at the half. The Pioneers rallied to outscore Harrison 15-6 in the third to lead 39-33 entering the fourth, where Clare outscored Harrison by five.
Coughlin led Harrison with 21 points, Dennis had nine, Taylor netted eight with Haskell and Yager both scoring seven.