Eagles unable to hold lead

December 26, 2014

By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

A rough second half cost Farwell a chance at a road Jack Pine Conference win Friday night, as it fell to host Houghton Lake 52-32 in boys’ basketball action.
“We did a great job of defending in the first half as well as only giving them one chance per possession,” Farwell head coach Jason MacLean said. “Give H-L credit for coming out in the second half and getting in attack mode because they turned up the pressure and started to make us commit lazy turnovers.”

The Eagles trailed 7-2 after the first but responded to take a 15-14 lead at the half. The Bobcats doubled-up Farwell 20-10 in the third to take a 34-25 lead into the fourth and H-L pulled away form there.

“I was proud of our effort because we never quit and we were shorthanded due to injury,” MacLean said. “I liked what I saw and our kids believe they can compete if we keep putting forward the effort we have been.”

Kyle Danielson led Farwell with 12 points and eight rebounds, Jake Riffe had eight points, five rebounds and three assists and Darius Geyer had six points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Farwell also lost a road game at Gladwin on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 67-27.
The Eagles held an early 8-6 lead after the first quarter and were still in the game at the half, trailing 19-14. A big 30-5 third quarter for the Flying G’s gave them control of the game however, with Gladwin outscoring Gladwin again in the fourth, 18-8.

“We started decent,” MacLean said. “Gladwin came out aggressive in the second half and really dictated the temp of the game by attacking us which led to easy baskets. We played with great effort but looked extremely flat.”

Danielson led the way for the Eagles with 10 points and eight rebounds, Riffe had nine points and five boards and Geyer had eight reboudns.
Farwell (0-5 overall, 0-3 JPC) hits the court again on Jan. 7 when it hosts Beaverton.

“As a team we’ve out-rebounded the opponent every game this year, which makes me really happy,” MacLean said. “Now, what we need to do is continue to run our race and improve on what we need in order for us to start seeing wins. Very happy despite being 0-5, there’s not quit in this group of student athletes.”

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