by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s boys basketball team showed promise, jumping out to an early 10-6 lead on visiting Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in a War Eagle Conference clash at A-W on Dec. 14.
But MMC junior Dylan Spieler’s 26 points helped the visitors pull away to a 68-33 win.
Back to the good times portion of Friday’s game, the A-W team had a lead midway through the first quarter and a tie just after a three-pointer by Nathan Sanchez and a Joel Brenner free throw for an 11-11 standoff, showing hope for the home crowd. It was 15-11 MMC after one quarter.
A-W gained its last tie at 19-19 on a basket by Kevin Carlson with five minutes left in the second quarter.
Tavian Banks and Chance Hoffman had seven points to lead A-W. Sanchez and Kevin Carlson had five each.
“I was pleased with the way we came out in the first quarter and played hard. We kind of fizzled at the end of the first half. Now we know what it is like to stay with a good team. Spieler is probably the best player in the conference. He has good size (6-feet 4-inches), good speed and can shoot the deep shot or drive. I thought Carlson did a decent job on him,” said A-W Coach Jon Harris.
Spieler averages 15 points per game for the Eagles who improved to 4-1 overall record.
A-W trailed 34-22 at halftime as the Eagles were in the midst of a 22-3 run. The home team kept trying to get back-to-back field goals by Banks to end the drought.
A-W, 0-6 overall record and 0-4 in the WEC, will host Gehlen Catholic Dec. 21 before Christmas break. A-W faced West Sioux there on Dec. 18.
After Christmas break, A-W will host South O’Brien in a girls/boys doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 5.