Poor second half dooms Hornets

March 6, 2015

By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Harrison played in a Jack Pine Conference boys’ basketball game at Meridian Friday night, where the Hornets suffered a 40-29 setback. The loss snaps a three game winning streak for Harrison.

“We started out the first half on fire,” head coach Jim Hoshield said. “We were up at the half but we just couldn’t hit a shot to save our sole in the second half.”
The Hornets controlled play most of the first half, taking 13-6 and 18-11 lead after the first and second quarters. The Mustangs rebounded to outscore Harrison 13-4 in the third quarter to take a 24-22 lead and controlled the game in the final quarter.

Harrison was led by Michael Taylor with nine points, Adam Scherrer put in eight points and Bret Coughlin had five points.
“Taylor had a great game on the boards and on defense,” Hoshield said. “Coughlin really stepped up on defense but then he got in foul trouble and that took us out of the game. We played a good game but we came out flat in the second half and they came out on fire.”

Harrison (7-12 overall, 3-10 JPC) hosted Gladwin on Thursday in its final game of the regular season and plays in the Clare class ‘B’ district next week. The Hornets will play the winner Monday’s game between Clare and Big Rapids on Wednesday.

“We took Clare to overtime the last time we played, we played good ball and it’s tough to beat a team three times in a row,” Hoshield said. “They’ll have to beat Big Rapids first though and they’re a tough team too. The opportunity is there, we’ve been playing good ball recently. We’ll see what happens, anything can happen in March basketball.”

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