LE GRAND - The Mustangs withstood the first flurry.
The second one proved to be too slick a slope to climb.
Riding an emotional high from their first victory of the season Friday, the Mustangs couldn't replicate the result in a 74-50 setback to BGM Saturday.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
East Marshall’s Mitch Berry glides past BGM’s Nate Beck (4) and Bryan Kriegel (5) on his way to the rack in Le Grand Saturday. Beck drew a foul on the play and finished with five points but the Mustangs fell to the visiting Bears, 74-50.
Playing its first back-to-back of the year, the Mustangs (1-3) struggled to match the Bears' early intensity and fell into a quick 9-1 hole. After a timeout, the Mustangs mustered an 11-2 run to pull within 13-11 late in the first.
The Bears (4-1) were just getting started.
Knocking down a pair of treys including a buzzer beater from Kyle Gritsch, BGM countered with a 10-0 surge to close the opening frame ahead 23-11 and never saw their lead dip below double digits the rest of the way.
BGM (4-1) - Mayson Sherwood 2 0-0 5, Nate Beck 9 2-4 23, Bryan Kriegel 1 0-0 3, Kaiden Fiebelkorn 0 1-2 1, Greg Stauffer 4 3-8 11, Geert Boelen 1 0-0 2, Matt Goodrich 0 0-0 0, Colton Ryan 1 0-0 2, Kyle Gritsch 6 2-4 17, Jake Tibbetts 5 0-0 10. TOTALS 29 8-18 74.
EAST MARSHALL (1-3) - Walker Steward 5 0-0 12, Payton Steward 0 0-0 0, Ben Terrones 2 0-0 6, Nate DeBondt 0 0-0 0, Mitch Berry 1 2-2 5, Austin Briney 2 0-0 5, Nick Mommer 3 0-0 6, Nate Rosfjord 0 0-0 0, Josh Wilson 5 6-8 16. TOTALS 18 8-10 50.
3-Point Goals - BGM 8 (Beck 3, Gritsch 3, Kriegel, Sherwood), EM 6 (W.Steward 2, Terrones 2, Berry, Briney)
"It seemed like we just weren't ready for the second game tonight," said East Marshall coach Cole Anderson, whose squad earned a 70-52 victory over Grundy Center Friday.
"The guys seemed fatigued. We came out flat and the guys didn't seem quite as into it as the night before."
The lack of energy showed up on the defensive end where the Bears, a 46 percent 3-point shooting offense coming into the game, found open looks early and often.
"We just need to get out on shooters. We got maybe two feet away from them but didn't put a hand in their face," said Anderson.
"If I was a shooter and they didn't put a hand in my face, I'd shoot all day - whether I was making or missing the shots. We don't have to block it, we just need to get a hand in their face to make it more difficult for them."
BGM's Nate Beck had the green light all night and his second trey of the game doubled up the score at 30-15 midway through the second. Beck poured in a game-high 23 points as the Bears knocked down eight triples overall including another dagger from Mayson Sherwood in the final seconds of the first half - stretching the gap to 37-23 after the Mustangs had twice trimmed the deficit to 11.
The Bears came out firing in the third burying three straight from behind the arc - two from Gritsch - as the visitors padded the lead at 46-23 two minutes in. Mitch Berry punctuated a 10-1 flourish with a 3 of his own to bring the Mustangs within 47-33, but BGM closed the quarter with an 11-3 surge.
Though the margin continued to balloon from there, Anderson couldn't fault his offense.
"Our offensive sets were working, we just weren't putting the ball in the basket," said Anderson.
"Last night the shots were falling, but tonight they weren't. Sometimes that just happens."
Gritsch finished with 17 points, while Stauffer added 11 and Jake Tibbets had 10. Josh Wilson led the Mustangs with 16.
The Mustangs host AGWSR, which received votes in the first AP poll, Tuesday.
"We just have to get over it and move on to the next one because we have a tough one on Tuesday," said Anderson.