By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
Beaver saw the results of their fast start slip away in the third quarter as Mooreland came back to defeat the Dusters, 56-47.
Beaver opened the game with an 11-0 run over the first four minutes, and still led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter.
“We were doing everything right in that first quarter,” Dusters coach Garrett Bebermeyer said.
Mooreland cut the lead to four with fewer than five minutes left in the first half, but Beaver pushed it back to 10. By halftime, the Dusters were still up 29-21.
But it all fell apart for Beaver in the third quarter as Mooreland went on a quarter-long 21-6 run.
“That stretch in the third quarter killed us,” Bebermeyer said. “We couldn’t get a stop in the third quarter, and couldn’t get a bucket when we needed it. (Garrett) Weber picked up his third and fourth foul at the start of the third quarter. I thought our lack of depth really hurt us, especially with Kaleb (McDonald) out as well.”
Still, when Kalen Gabel score with 2:20 left in the game Beaver only trailed 45-49. Less than a minute later, Gabel had a chance to cut the lead to two, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Mooreland made 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to build to the final margin.
Beaver had opportunities to increase their lead at the free throw line in the first half, but made only 7 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Kalen Gabel finished 7 of 8 from the field for 15 points; Jorge Rivera scored 12 on 5 of 6 shooting, and Ryan Nash added 8.
Beaver (7-4) will try to bounce back against Shattuck in the third place game.
“We played hard the whole time,” Bebermeyer said. “We have to wake up tomorrow and see it as a new day, and go out and win.”