You've got to shoot the ball to win basketball games. Even more importantly, you have to make those shots.
That's the lesson the Central Lakes College men's basketball team learned as it shot a miserable 36 percent from the floor in an 84-59 drubbing administered by the Minneapolis Marauders Friday in the Raiders' home opener.
Minneapolis shot 54 percent in the first half to build a 38-20 lead while the Raiders floundered on 6-25 shooting. The Marauders finished the game shooting a sizzling 57 percent from the floor.
Raiders coach Jim Russell admitted he was worried about a letdown after Tuesday's road win over Fergus Falls, the nation's fifth-ranked team in Division III.
"We just didn't react well and we came out flat," Russell said. "Minneapolis sat in a zone and that slowed us down. We knew they would do that. We have to play more consistently and be ready to shoot the basketball. We got open looks but we just didn't hit them."
Down 56-34 in the second half, the Raiders finally started to hit a few jumpers. A Frank Johnson 3-pointer sparked a 14-4 run that cut the Marauders' lead to 12.
An Eli McVey jumper and a Louis Roseman three-point play kept the Raiders close. McVey finished with a team-high 16 points and five rebounds while Roseman was close behind with 14 points.
"That's the sophomores trying to figure out what to do," Russell said of McVey's and Roseman's play. "The freshmen are young and they need to play more consistently. They need to develop some mental toughness. I expect some growing pains."
Minneapolis put the game away when it rattled off 11 straight points to take an insurmountable 79-56 lead. Marauders guard Paris Kyles led all scorers with 23 points. Seven-footer Mark Bauch added 16.
But it was Minneapolis' zone defense that did in the Raiders. It slowed the game down and didn't allow CLC to run up and down the floor.
"You can't dribble against the zone and that's what we were doing," said Russell. "You have to shoot the ball. They spread the floor on us and forced us to run the shot clock down. That took a lot of the drive out of us."
Minneapolis 38 46 -- 84
Central Lakes 20 39 -- 59
Paris Kyles 23, Floyd Daniels 8, Jesse Olberding 6, Kali Terry 10, Ryan Meissner 15, Eric Ables 6, Mark Bauch 16. Team totals: FG 29-51 (57 percent); FT 19-25 (76 percent). 3-point baskets: 7 (Terry 2, Meissner 2, Ables, Olberding 2). Overall -- 4-2.
CENTRAL LAKES (59)
Louis Roseman 14, Eli McVey 16, Chris Beckley 9, Adam Angell 9, Frank Johnson 3, Walter Power 5, Jahiah Porter 1, Ben Hamil 2. Team totals: FG 20-56 (36 percent); FT 10-21 (48 percent). 3-point baskets: 7 (Angell 3, McVey 2, Power, Johnson). Overall -- 2-3. Next game: CLC Anoka-Ramsey 3 p.m. Saturday.
Rebounds -- CLC 20 (McVey 5), M 30 (Bauch 10). Assists -- CLC 14 (Power 5), M 16 (Kyles 5). Turnovers -- CLC 17, M 14.
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