Boys basketball: Bombers outgun Eagles by 20
Seeking their first victory of the season, the New York Mills Eagles (0-4) hung with the Waubun Bombers (1-1) to the halftime break only down eight, 31-23. The Bombers put up a dozen more points than the Eagles in the second half cruising to a 63-43 victory.
The Bombers were led by Jason Hanks' 17 points in a showboat performance that had Hanks on the bench as much as the floor.
Hanks got a rise out of the Eagle faithful at the halftime buzzer. After dunking a ball early in the first half, he charged the basket with time winding down to the break looking for another easy bucket.
His attempt, however, was swatted away by a high-flying Adam Snelgrove who sent the ball flying out of bounds with a block that caused a big roar from the crowd.
On the ensuing inbounds play, Hanks got the ball behind the arc and launched a three that hit the bottom of the net as time expired.
On his way off the court, Hanks attempted to shush the NY Mills crowd with his index finger to his lips but got a chorus of boos and a chat with Waubun Head Coach Nick Lerud for his efforts.
Ben Haugo added 15 points for Waubun, mostly from downtown. Haugo had three big momentum killing long balls in the second half. Alec Teiken added 11 points.
Snelgrove, the lone Eagles' senior, led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Charlie Peeters added 15. Sam Slieter, the second senior on the NY Mills roster remains sidelined with an injury.
The Eagles played many minutes with multiple freshman on the floor who hung in until the final five minutes.
Snelgrove drained a three-pointer to cut the lead to 52-43 with 6:30 remaining.
The Eagles had a chance to cut the lead to six or seven points on the ensuing trip down the floor but came up empty handed.
Teiken sunk a three-pointer that deflated the charging Eagles and the Bombers iced the game away with the clock.
On Tuesday evening, the Eagles were defeated at Pillager 63-54 in their Park Region Conference opener.