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Mooseheart guard Noel Yarngo signals a play during the Ramblers' 55-32 victory over Harvest Christian. Yarngo scored 6 points for Mooseheart.
Mooseheart forward Hameed Odunewu (No. 10) takes a shot during his team's victory over Harvest Christian. Odunewu scored 7 points in the Ramblers win.
Feb. 9, MOOSEHEART – Results do matter, so Mooseheart boys basketball coach Ron Ahrens was happy his team snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday with a 55-32 Senior Night victory over visiting Harvest Christian.
But effectiveness is a key component regardless of the outcome, and here Ahrens was less pleased. While the Ramblers snapped their losing streak and improved to 10-13, there were significant flaws in the team's play. And with two weeks to go in the regular season, time is running out to fix things.
“We needed a win,” Ahrens said. “We finally got a win and that's the most important thing. But again, we didn't play very well.”
The key issue, as it has been throughout the season, was an inability to score, even when players worked free for open close shots. The Ramblers' press created a series of turnovers and offensive patience got players free, but shots did not fall.
“We missed our first 10 shots of the game,” Ahrens said. “After the first quarter, we were 6-19 and we were 13-for-33 at the half. We just don't shoot the ball very well. And if you look at where we're missing shots, it's things inside the paint – close range.”
Despite their struggles, the Ramblers raced to a 12-2 lead after the first quarter, were ahead 27-10 at halftime and never allowed a concerted Harvest Christian rally in the second half.
“We have played some pretty good defense,” Ahrens said. “We lost our last three of our last four games games by 2 points, 3 points in overtime and 3 points and kept those teams under 50. Rockford Christian got out ahead on us. But in those other games, we were close, but we can't score.”
Mooseheart's Peter Kurowski led all scorers with 12 points. Daniel Tucker added 9 for the Ramblers, who travel to the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament on Friday night, where they face host Christian Liberty.
The Ramblers have this weekend's conference tournament and a pair of non-conference games before heading to Hinckley-Big Rock for the IHSA Class 1A tournament.
“We need to get three or four wins so we have some confidence back,” Ahrens said.
John Vislisel led Harvest Christian with 11 points.
Harvest Christian: Fritz 2 0-0 5, Pereda 0 0-0 0, Wolff 3 0-2 7, Doby 1 0-0 2, Vislisel 4 3-5 11, Turpin 2 3-4 7. Totals 12 6-11 32.
Mooseheart: Tucker4 0-0 9, Yarngo 3 0-0 6, Odunewu 2 3-6 7, Hart 0 1-2 1, Villareal 0 0-0 0, Kurowski 6 0-1 12, Mennis 4 0-0 8, Gdadebo 1 2-2 4, Sanni 4 0-1 8. Totals 24 6-12 55.
Harvest Christian 2 8 9 13 - 32
Mooseheart 12 15 17 11 - 55
3-point goals: Harvest Christian: Fritz 1, Wolff 1. Mooseheart: Tucker 1. Fouled out: None.