Irish boys can’t keep up with first two competitors


Nic Paumen holds onto a rebound against four defenders during Maple Lake’s 96-84 home loss to the Rockford Rockets on Friday.

 

The Maple Lake varsity boys basketball team started the competition season in Annandale on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Irish faced the Annandale Cardinals, a team who received third place in state last year. This game would mark the start of the final season for seniors Landon Caughey, Jay Elsenpeter, Sullivan Graham, Evan Hertwig, Zach Johnson and Nic Paumen. 
“We opened our season on the road against a tough opponent and found some things out about ourselves. We played very well at times but our transition defense allowed them too many easy baskets,” head coach, Tim Staloch said.
At halftime the score was 47-34 and Maple Lake struggled in an attempt to catch up to Annandale. The Irish did, however, make 75 percent of free throws compared to Annandale’s 66.7 percent. Both teams battled to the end and the Irish came out on bottom, losing the game 84-56.
The Irish were led by junior David Stokman who scored 23 points. Stokman also had the most rebounds with 8. Zach Johnson was also in double digits with 12 points.
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