Rebel boys split; picking up victory over Patriots but lose to Pipestone Area

By: Joel Herrig

Murray County News Sports

MCC 39, Pipestone Area 50

The MCC Rebel boys basketball team was back at home this past week with a pair of games. The Rebels opened the week on Monday against the Pipestone Area Arrows and on Thursday hosted the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots. 

The Rebels were looking to get back on track this season but to do that they needed to improve their offensive output. MCC’s defense has been good at times but has struggled to score. This was evident in their recent win over the Canby Lancers where the Rebels struggled to put the ball in the basket. MCC’s defense played strong this past week but against the Arrows, it came down to their offense.

The Rebels began the game Monday night taking the early lead over the Arrows but it was short-lived. The Arrows didn’t blow the Rebels away by any stretch but, they were able to stay in the lead by making a better percentage of their shots. The Arrows didn’t have a lot of guys scoring but the ones that did provided balanced scoring inside the three-point line and out. The Rebels on the other hand, scored all but three of their points inside the arc. The Arrows led the Rebels at the half 32-22.

MCC’s offensive struggles continued in the second half. The Rebels scored just 17 second-half points as the Arrow’s defense stopped them cold. MCC made just one of eleven three three-point shots – but didn’t shoot over 50 percent from the field inside the three-point line. 

The Arrows converted on six three-point shots and shot over 50 percent from the field. Dawson Kellen scored 14 points – all inside the three-point line while Brandon Fey scored 12 points all behind the three-point arc.

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