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Mooseheart junior Mangisto Deng (No. 24) moves past Hinckley-Big Rock's Jared Madden to score two of his 13 points in Wedneday's contest.
Mooseheart's Akim Nyang (No. 44) controls a rebound in the Ramblers 58-51 loss on Wednesday at Hinckley-Big Rock.
HINCKLEY, IL Dec. 5 – A bad start? That was something from which Mooseheart's boys basketball team was able to recover from in Wednesday's contest at Hinckley-Big Rock.
But a drought down the stretch – even with a 10-point lead? That was too much for the Rambers to withstand – and the host Royals took full advantage, using a 21-4 run in the final five minutes to record a 58-51 victory. Overall, Hinckley-Big Rock (5-1) outscored Mooseheart (3-3) 25-10 in the final quarter.
“The name of the game is to not let anyone score 25 points against us,” Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said. “They scored 25 points on us in the fourth quarter. That should never happen.”
After leading most of the second half, the Ramblers (3-3) took their lead to 47-37 with 5:01 to play when Mangisto Deng scored a dunk, was fouled and completed the three-point play.
“At that time, I thought we were going to win this game,” Ahrens said.
Hinckley-Big Rock started its run swiftly with solid shooting from three-point range. The key was Jared Madden, who opened the comeback with a three-pointer and finished with 24 points in the contest.
“We kept losing their three-point shooters,” Ahrens said. “That kid (Madden) has been a good player for a number of years. We kept losing him. They kept running nice screens and we weren't defending very well.”
Mooseheart still led 51-45 with three minutes to play after Deng scored hit team's final points of the contest. Three straight turnovers helped the Royals close the gap and then take the lead.
“That was the killer,” Ahrens said.
Mooseheart got off to a slow start and Hinckley-Big Rock scored the opening 10 points. But starting with a Makur Puou basket three minutes into the game, the Ramblers went on a 15-point run to close the quarter.
“That was bad defense again,” Ahrens said of his team's start. “We just weren't ready to play defense. They came out and hit a couple of three's right away. I called time out and basically all I told them was to relax and that we had to start playing some defense.”
Puou led all scorers with 25 points.
“We played hard,” Puou said. “We play to get better every game. I know we're coming to play and have fun.”
Deng added 13 points but no one else scored more than six points for Mooseheart.
HINCKLEY-BIG ROCK 58
Kurowski 1 0-0 3; Deng 4 4-5 13; Gbadebo 0 0-0 0; Puou 10 5-9 25; Nyang 3 0-0 6; Okito 0 0-0 0; Odenewu 2 0-3 4; Hart 0 0-0 0. Total: 20-9-15 51.
Madden 8 3-4 24; Conley 3 2-4 10; Bayer 1 1-2 3; Michels 2 3-6 8; Ruh 2 1-2 7; Gentry 0 0-0 0; Klambauer 1 0-0 2; Carls 2 0-0 4. Total: 19 10-18 58.
Mooseheart 15 8 18 10 - 51
Hinckley-Big Rock 10 12 11 25 - 58
Mooseheart 2 (Deng, Kurowski);
HBR 10 (Madden 5, Conley 2, Ruh 2, Michels).
Technical fouls: None.