WINTHROP - Fueled by hot shooting from Hunter Brown and solid play from up and down the roster, the Midland boys basketball team gave themselves a great chance at East Buchanan Friday, Nov. 30.

      “We battled the entire game and had a shot from about 15-feet to win it at the end,” said Eagle boys basketball coach Marty Marshall, as his team was edged in a thrilling 57-56 final.

      “This game was back and forth for all 32-minutes. Our offense came to life the entire game which was also nice to see.”

      Brown had a sensational game scoring 14 of his team-high 23 points in the first half as Midland (0-2) took a 16-8 first quarter lead.         

      “The first four minutes of the game both teams were feeling their way through,” Marshall said. “We played well on both ends of the floor in the first quarter.

      “In the second quarter we struggled to score the first couple of minutes and East Buchanan got back into the game.”

      The Eagles still took a three-point halftime lead before the Buccaneers found their offense in the final two frames.

      “It was a close one the entire second half,” Marshall said. “We struggled to find their shooters in the second half, but we scored right along with them to the end.”

      Ethan Kaftan scored all nine of his points in the second half while Iziek Soper added eight points, all in the first two quarters. Carsen Rupp and Britan Martens finished with six points each.

      Hosting Edgewood-Colesburg in their 2018-19 season-opener Tuesday, Nov. 27, Midland struggled to find the range in three of the game’s four quarters dropping a 56-32 decision to the Vikings.        

      The Eagles scored just two first quarter points and dug a 10-2 hole before Brown caught fire in the second stanza sparking a 21-point frame for the hosts.

      Midland trailed 31-23 at the half and struggled again out of the break scoring just five third quarter points and nine overall in the second half.

      Brown tallied 19 points in the game, most coming in his phenomenal second quarter barrage while also ripping down nine boards.

      Rupp had four steals and three assists.

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