CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s woes in the Northeast Corner Conference basketball tournament continued Thursday evening as both the boys’ and girls’ teams fell in the consolation round contests to teams from Lakeland.
In an almost exact reversal of Tuesday’s contests against Central Noble — in which the Lady Eagles played close and the boys struggled — the girls fell behind early in the 43-29 loss.
The Lady Lakers steadily increased their lead, while the Eagle boys played some of their best ball in the fourth quarter taking a lead midway through the final quarter before falling 52-44 on their home court.
In the opening contest of the night, the Lady Eagles were unable to make use of a size advantage against the Lady Lakers and were out-rebounded 29-20.
The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Martin’s 12 points, with Perlich added eight.
“We had too many turnovers (25 for the game),” said Lady Eagle Head Coach Jamie Perlich. “Our intensity on defense was good at times. We started off pretty good with it, but then we went into a lull with it sort of like we did Tuesday night against Central Noble."
In the second contest of the night, the Eagle boys showed the improvement in the fourth quarter that Head Coach Michael McBride has been looking for.
The Eagles came out strong in the fourth, running the offense smoothly as first Landon Pence then Brent Simmons hit three point shots to cut the lead to 32-34 with 6:45 left in the contest. Following a Laker basket, Simmons hit another three to cut the lead to one at 36-35. A Simmons basket gave the Eagles their first lead since the opening quarter 37-36.
The Lakers retook the lead with a basket and then held off the hosts hitting 13-of-18 free throws in the quarter to seal the 52-44 win despite seven points from Pence and eight from Simmons in the quarter.
Pence led the Eagle scorers with 12 points, all coming in the second half, with Simmons adding eleven.
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