by: Jayden Birkner
The Musketeers had a busy, three game week and were hoping to get a win under their belt as the season continues winding down.
The Musketeers took on the conference leading Marissa Meteors for their first game of the week on Feb. 5. They knew it would be a tough matchup, but were going to do what they could to compete.
The Musketeers came out very strong in the first half and competed very well with the talented Meteors. Alex Kueker had five early points in the first quarter and Bryce Amann converted an early and -1. The Musketeers played tough defense out on the perimeter on the Meteors’ talented backcourt. At the end of the first quarter the score was knotted up at 10.
The Musketeers continued to play stellar on both ends of the floor. Kueker and Carter Wiegard each put in a three pointer. Noah Malott and Austin Grohmann both put up a layup also. The defense was still strong, but the Musketeers were having trouble on the defensive glass which resulted in a lot of Marissa baskets. The score heading into the half was 23-20 in favor of Marissa.
The Musketeers tremendously slowed down in the second half. They were gassed from giving a ton of their effort the first half. The shots that fell in the first half were not falling this half. They had trouble keeping up with the transition game of the Meteors. They kept it close for the first minutes of the half, but Marissa pulled away and didn’t look back. The Musketeers fell 53-33. Alex Kueker finished with 15 and Austin Grohmann finished with six points.
The Musketeers took on the Lebanon Greyhounds in a makeup game from a few weeks ago on Thursday. The Greyhounds were having a tough year like the Musketeers, and were hoping to find a win.
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