The Immaculata boy’s basketball team had its best moment in the opening minutes against Maur Hill Tuesday.
The Raiders got hot, jumping out to an 11-4 lead.
Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. Maur Hill avenged its slow start by going on a 34-13 run to end the half. They ended up winning by a 63-35 final.
“They moved the ball really well against us,” Imac coach Mike Connelly said. “I didn’t do a very good job of coaching today because I didn’t have them ready to compete. I take full responsibility for not having them ready.”
Maur Hill took advantage of the Raiders in the post.
“They had more inside shots tonight than most teams have had on us all year,” Connelly said. “They really just dissected us.”
Sean Murray led the Raiders with 13 points, followed by Connor Schmidling with six and Drew Sachen with five.
Imac, 4-6, plays Doniphan West Thursday in the second round of the Doniphan West Tournament. Tip is at 6:30 p.m.
Turnovers sink Raiders in second half
A closely-contested opening half went south quickly in the second half as the Lady Raiders lost to Maur Hill 33-14 Tuesday.
Imac was down five going into the locker room, 13-8. Turnovers, however, were one of the culprits that betrayed the Lady Raiders during a second half in which the team scored just six points.
“For some reason people are forcing us to handle the ball under pressure and we aren’t doing very well at that right now,” Immaculata girls coach Terry Jordan said.
Lainey Bell led the Raiders with six points. Grace Parker had four.
“We have to learn to get in a situation where we have someone step up and win a 1-on-1 matchup,” Jordan said. “I need to do better coaching to put people in position to succeed and understand that we are still young and developing.”
The Lady Raiders will play Doniphan West Thursday at 5:00 p.m.