Beloit sweeps Minneapolis
A tough night offensively proved to be Minneapolis‘ downfall in their 47-37 home loss to Beloit on Friday.
The Lions never got a start and were held within 10 points in three of four quarters.
Cleveland senior Cameron led Minneapolis (6-4 overall; 3-2 NCAA) with 12 points and was named Nex-Tech Wireless Player of the Game. Rookie Maci McClure added 7 points along with the H&R Block of the Game.
For Beloit (5-5; 3-1), Addison Budke had 14 points and Mylie Brown 11.
Beloit led 28-14 at halftime, as Minneapolis was plagued with turnovers, misunderstandings and missed shots.
The Lions managed to reduce the number of games to single digits in the second half, but they couldn’t stop Beloit from replying. Minneapolis has also faced some reprehensible issues throughout. Two players committed a foul and others had to sit on the bench for a long time after accumulating the fouls.
Minneapolis has now lost three in a row, while Beloit snapped a two-game skid.
Long stretches of few to no points have hampered Minneapolis’ success this season, and a second-half drought on Friday cost the Lions their 44-31 loss to Beloit.
Minneapolis (2-8 overall; 0-5 NCAA) shot well early, making five three-pointers in the first half. The Lions, however, failed to make one in the last two quarters and scored just six points in each of the last two frames. The offensive fall from grace in the second half allowed Beloit to build up a solid lead and hold it until the end.
Colby Rice beat Minneapolis with 12 points and was selected as the Nex-Tech Wireless Player of the Game. Mason Scott added 8. Kolten Hoppe had the H&R block of the game.
Beloit’s Caleb Burks led all scorers with 13 points, including four three-pointers, and Quinn Eilert dropped to 11.
Minneapolis led 10-9 after one quarter, but Beloit (8-2; 3-1) took the lead in the second quarter and never let go.
The Trojans relied on three-ball all night, as their leading scorer entering the night, Bryce Beisner, struggled to find production in the paint. Beloit as a team made four more three-pointers than two-pointers. That said, the Minneapolis defense has still kept Beloit at a season low in points.
The victory is the seventh in a row for the Trojans. Minneapolis has lost five of its last six games.
The Minneapolis boys will travel to the Rupp Tournament in Halstead next week. They will face Andale on Tuesday at 6 p.m. They will play two more guaranteed matches later in the week, win or lose.
The Minneapolis girls also host Ell-Saline on Tuesday at 6 p.m. This match can be heard on 92.7 The New Zoo, with pre-game coverage starting at 5:45 p.m.