MOON – Coming off a thrilling overtime victory over Trinity earlier this week, Canon-McMillan was hoping to build momentum to secure a playoff spot in Section 4-AAAA with a win at Moon Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Big Macs, things didn’t quite go their way in a tough 57-48 loss.
“It’s hard to build momentum in this section, and tonight was just a typical section game,” said Canon-McMillan head coach Rick Bell. “It’s unfortunate because we could have been in the driver’s seat with a win, but we still have time to get this one back.”
The Big Macs (5-6, 10-9) started slowly but closed the first quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 16-11 lead. But Canon-McMillan couldn’t expand on that lead the rest of the half.
Moon (5-6, 9-9) got a three-pointer from Robert Norman at the end of the first half to close the Big Macs’ lead to 28-26 at the half.
Brett Haney had five points in the third quarter for the Big Macs, but his teammates added just one other point in the eight minutes as Canon-McMillan went cold from the field.
“We have been that way all season,” said Bell. “Sometimes we are a really hot shooting team and sometimes we struggle to make shots. The effort was there, but unfortunately tonight we had a hard time making shots.”
Moon didn’t run away with the game in the third period, however, as the Tigers scored just 11 points in the third quarter to take a 37-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
What the Tigers did get came from Nicholas Korzi, who had 11 of his game-high 16 points in the second half.
Moon did most of its damage in the second half from the free-throw line, as the Tigers got into the bonus halfway through the third quarter and made 12 free throws in the fourth quarter. Moon got to the line 29 times, compared to just 13 attempts for the Big Macs.
“It looks like a big discrepancy, but when you are down you have to foul,” said Bell. “The strategy worked on Tuesday (against Trinity), but not so much tonight.”
The Big Macs were led in scoring by Haney with 14, while Sam Bohn also finished in double-figures with 11.
Kyle Bondi added 11 points for the Tigers.
“We needed that,” said Moon head coach Jeff Ackermann. “It is as simple as making shots. We have defended well all season, but when we make shots we win games. We didn’t shoot great tonight but we made shots when we had to. We stay in games with our defense and free-throw shooting, we need our offense to win us some games sometimes and they did that tonight.”