The Mercer boys’ basketball team took on a couple of Indianhead conference teams.
They lost to South Shore 80-45 on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Then, they hosted Washburn on Friday, Feb. 7, losing 67-44.South Shore
“We got beat by a team that shot the lights out,” coach Adam Miller said.
The Tigers hung with South Shore for the most part in the first half. Mercer trailed 29-18 at halftime.
South Shore was led by Doug Hipsher in the first half, scoring 13 points. In addition to him, South Shore hit four other 3-pointers.
Kobe Hiller kept the Tigers in it with 11 points, nine coming on 3-pointers.
“We struggled again missing easy shots,” Miller said. “I thought we played well in the first half.”
Then South Shore went off in the second half. They outscored the Tigers 51-27 in that half.
Key Nelson did the damage in the second half, scoring 18 second half points. He also hit four of South Shore’s nine 3-pointers in the game. Jake Winge added in 19 and Hipsher finished with 25.
“The second half we hit the first shot and I thought for a second we were going to find some momentum but they hit everything,” Miller said.
Hiller finished with 16 points. Ryan Losh chipped in nine and Davin Peterson eight.Washburn
Washburn took a 31-20 lead into the locker room. Hiller led the team with seven points at the break.
“We played very well tonight,” Miller said.
The Tigers continued to battle in the second half and cut into Washburn’s lead several times. Baylie Huybrecht got into the scoring column with seven points doing a little bit of everything. He scored two free throws, one 3-pointer and a deuce.
“(We) had it to 11 three times,” Miller said.
Washburn pulled away, outscoring the Tigers 36-24 in the second half. Hiller led the Tigers with 11 points. Devin Losh put in a good game with eight points.
“Devin Losh played great,” Miller said.
Up next, the Tigers travel to Butternut tonight. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Then they host Drummond on Friday, Feb. 14 at Coach Leverson Court in Mercer starting at 7 p.m.Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]