Irish boys lose twice in tough week

The Maple Lake boys basketball team seemed to have two good opportunities this week to get some much-needed wins and momentum with playoffs just around the corner. Instead the Irish faced difficulty this week as they took on St. John’s Prep and Eden Valley-Watkins. On Feb. 11 the Irish faced off against the Johnnies in a non-conference game. The Irish didn’t look very alive on defense in the first half as the Johnnies showed their sharp shooting skills. St. John’s Prep managed to get quality shots nearly every offensive possession, resulting in a nice first-half total of 42 points. The Irish offense couldn’t match the intensity of the Johnnies on their offensive possessions, and shot well below where they needed to be. At halftime the Irish were down big, 27-42. In the second half the Irish needed to really improve their defensive efforts in order to fight their way back into the game. Impressively the Irish came out with a new mentality on defense as they played tougher and more aggressive. St. John’s hot shooting was cooled by a more disciplined second-half Irish team. However, the woes on the offensive end continued for the Irish as they missed several open looks. Frustrations on the offensive end allowed St. John’s Prep to easily finish the game out and win by quite a margin, 53-71. “We didn’t shoot well and they did. It is hard to win games when you don’t shoot well,” said Coach Tim Staloch. A bright spot on the offensive end for the Irish, David Stokman added another nice game to his season. In the loss he managed to score 15 points. Landon Caughey also added 10 for the Irish. Seniors Ben Hudek and Donnie Mavencamp respectively had 10 rebounds each, controlling the boards for the Irish.
More information and stats appears in this week’s Messenger.