CLINTON — Despite a comeback effort late in the fourth quarter, the Prince of Peace boys basketball team couldn’t get past an early deficit and fell to Lisbon in the home opener 83-70.
The Lions came out with all the momentum, jumping to a 32-10 lead in just the first quarter.
Prince of Peace didn’t quit. A few 3-pointers from Patrick Mulholland, Aiden Sager and Payton Schnier helped spread the Lisbon defense and spark the Irish.
The Irish stayed even with the Lions the rest of the way, going into the fourth quarter down by 22.
With 5:30 left to play in the game, Conner Williams hit a layup to cut the Lions lead to 19. Lisbon responded on its end, but Mulholland tossed in another on an inbounds play to put the score at 75-56.
Prince of Peace forced a turnover on the other end, and Schnier found the rim to cut it down to a 17-point lead. A big play from Williams gave him the score and the free throw, and all of a sudden it was a 13-point game with three minutes to go.
After fouling, Lisbon’s Payton Bahl put in a free throw and then the Lions capitalized on an offensive reound for the 78-62 lead.
The fight didn’t stop. Three possessions in a row, junior Kaidion Larson got a steal and a layup to get the Irish within 10, 78-68.
Another foul put two more points on the board for the Lions. Sager hit a jumper to put the score at 80-70, but that was the last basket for Prince of Peace.
Mulholland and Sager led the scoring for the Irish with 16 points each. Williams contributed another 12 and Nathan Moeller put up 10. Larson also had 10 points, all of them coming in the second half of play.
The Irish shot 10-of-15 from the line. The Irish allowed seven 3-pointers, five of them coming in the first quarter of play and all of them coming in the first half.
Prince of Peace travels to Midland this Friday.
Balanced attack leads Steamers
FULTON, Ill. — Four Fulton players scored in double digits Tuesday as the Steamers improved to 4-1 with a 61-45 win against Stark County.
Tyler Bruggenwirth led the balanced attack with 15 points. Keegan Kloepping added 12 points, all in the second half, Kyle Schipper had 11, Cody Sanderson scored 10 and Austin Schroeder added nine. Schroeder scored eight in the first quarter to help the Steamers take a 16-13 lead.
North Linn rolls over Marquette
BELLEVUE —No. 2 ranked North Linn had no problems putting away Marquette Catholic on their home floor Tuesday night, taking the victory 83-32.
Nate Brinker led scoring for the Mohawks with 11 points. Ben Kettmann added seven and Ethan Pfiffner had six. The Mohawks had no 3-point baskets and went 18-24 from the line.
Camanche edges Bellevue on road
BELLEVUE —Dev Patel had 32 points for the Camanche Indians as they edged Bellevue 78-72.
Camanche jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and kept it, with the Comets never pulling closer than five after the first. Along with Patel’s 32, Cam Soeksen put up 21 points for the Indians. The Indians went 14-22 from the free-throw line.
The Comets were led by Cade Daugherty with 37 points, including six 3-pointers.