Mapleton: 09 08 12 08 — 37
McKenzie: 24 12 12 14 — 62
Feb. 2, 2019 — Looking to end a four-game losing streak, Mapleton returned to its home court to host McKenzie Tuesday night.
The visiting Eagles were looking to bounce back on the road against the short-handed Sailors, who came into the game with seven available players.
McKenzie opened with an aggressive defense to wear out the young, short-handed Sailors, launching a 12-3 run with 3:53 to go in the first quarter that prompted a Mapleton timeout.
Coming back to the hardwood, the Sailors responded by scoring 6 more points to end the period.
The Eagles maintained their aggressive pace, led by sophomore Kaden Kewish with 10 points and senior Jermiah McGlasson with 9 points, for a 24-9 lead to end the first quarter.
Facing a 14-point deficit, the Sailors' defense picked up in the second period as they held the Eagles to 12 points. Despite an offensive effort sparked with 13 points from sophomore JJ Neece and 4 points from junior Nate Neece, the Sailors couldn’t overtake the Eagles, who left Mapleton trailing 17-36.
With the game seemingly out of reach for Mapleton, McKenzie continued to play aggressively in the second half, outscoring the Sailors 26-20 on the way to putting the game away, 62-37.
McKenzie had three players in double figures with Kaden Kewish leading the way with 22 points, Jermiah McGlasson 15 points, Caleb Thompson 11 points.
Mapleton’s leading scorers were JJ Neece with 21 points, Nate Neece with 12 points, and junior Nathan Roane and senior Evan Moso with 2 points each.
Mapleton will return on Thursday, Feb. 7, to host Eddyville Charter, beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed by the girls' game at 7 p.m.