Prep boys basketball: Eagles fly high in rout of Mercer
Solon Springs scored 24 points in a row for a 40-11 first-half lead.
On Tuesday night, Dec. 7, 2021, the Solon Springs boys basketball team took down Mercer 78-40, bringing the Eagles their third straight win of the season.
Though they played an away game the night before, the Eagles didn’t seem to be fazed as they pushed points the entire game. The team’s quick passing and rebound game allowed the Eagles to make major plays on the court, resulting in a win.
Fifth-year head coach Marcus Besonen is proud of his team taking down the Tigers.
“We came out on the second night of a back-to-back, and I thought we started a little slow. We let them kind of control a little bit of the pace, but once we switched things up and got into it, we were able to run at our pace and got a little more comfortable,” said Besonen. “I’m pretty pleased with the effort on the back-to-back nights. I know it’s tough when the first night’s a road game, and then come home. Sometimes you don’t have your legs or focus, but I thought the guys did a very good job.”
It seems that this game had two pleased coaches despite the Eagles’ domination over the Tigers.
First-year head coach of the Tigers Mike Guild also believed his team played well.
“We played very good considering we just had a couple of guys come back from being out for COVID-19. They haven’t had much practice with us since about two weeks ago, so they played good considering that,” said Guild. “This was probably one of our best passing games. We’ve struggled in the past to pass the ball, and I think they moved the ball really well tonight.”
Though the Eagles got a slow start, Besonen wasn’t wrong in saying his team got more comfortable on the court. About halfway through the first half, the Eagles managed to score 24 points in a row for a 40-11 lead.
“We showed what we could do. We knew what we could do, and we did it.” said sophomore guard Dylan Taggart. Taggart, the game's leading scorer, had 17 points. Behind Taggart came senior guard Benjamin Dickenson and sophomore forward Isaiah Kastern with 15 points apiece.
Though the Eagles won the game, Taggart still knows there’s more work ahead. “We weren’t perfect tonight. We didn’t shoot perfect, and there was a couple of loose balls we should’ve had,” said Taggart. “We can improve in every area because we can always work on every single part of our game and do better.”
The Eagles will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 13, to face the Bayfield Trollers at home.
Mercer 14-26 —40
Solon Springs 42-36—78
Mercer — Zach Huybrecht 6, Luis Segura-Martell 2, Kyler Breunig 17, Ryan Losh 9, Conrad LaBarge 3, Tommy Hohner 3. Totals 14 6-15 40.
3-point-goals — Huybrecht 2, Breunig 3, Hohner.
Solon Springs — Benjamin Dickenson 15, Colby Latvala 5, Carson Kaunonen 10, Dylan Taggart 17, Tarver Sellwood 4, Justin Moore 2, Kaden Corlett 6, Abraham Ahlberg 4, Isaiah Kastern 15. Totals 34 4-10 78.
3-point-goals — Dickenson, Latvala, Taggart 4.