Irish boys show resilience, go 2-1 in tough stretch

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On Jan. 14, the Maple Lake boys basketball team started their three-game week at Foley. The Foley Falcons seemed to be a good competitive matchup for the Irish, as both teams entered the game with a record around .500. From the start, the game was back-and-forth between the battling teams. The Irish took good shots in the first half, which resulted in the team shooting a very nice 47 percent. Another key to the Irish’s offensive success was that they really valued the ball and rarely turned the ball over. The team seemed to keep pace with Foley, but could never quite break away with a big lead. Just as the Irish had success on offense, they lacked a little bit on the defensive end, allowing Foley to shoot 55 percent in the first half. “Our defense in the first half allowed too many easy looks for Foley,” coach Tim Staloch said. The Irish were only down 30-33 at halftime, but needed to improve defensively to come out with the win.
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