Eagles fall short in first round of sectionals
With three players who couldn’t be kept at bay, the Marshfield Columbus Dons put an end to the Almond-Bancroft Eagles’ 16-game win streak in the first round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association sectionals on Thursday, March 9 at Stevens Point High School.
The Eagles went into the game with only two losses during the season, one to Gresham, a conference opponent, on Dec. 20 and the other to Edgar on Jan. 6.
With a tough defense and a very quick offense, the Dons proved to be a challenge for the Eagles as they were able to hold them to only 23 points in the first half while tallying 36 of their own.
Despite the point deficit, the Eagles continued to battle in the second half and closed the gap to within 6 points late in the game, but were unable to secure the win. Both teams tallied 39 points in the second half and the Eagles fell to Marshfield Columbus, 75-62.
Almond-Bancroft sophomore Noah Kollock led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points, including a three-pointer and 3 of 3 free throws. Heading into the sectional game, Kollock was averaging 20 points per game. He led the Eagles in scoring in 12 of 26 total games, including the playoff loss to the Dons.
Senior Dylan Bunders added 13 points with a 3-pointer, four baskets from within the paint and 2 of 3 from the free throw line, while sophomore Cade Lamb helped the Eagles out with 11 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.