Frankfort snaps McBain’s win streak

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

59 games is one heck of a winning streak. Impressive as it was, second ranked McBain’s run of consecutive regular season victories, that dated back to the 2015 season came to an end in Frankfort Monday night and veteran head coach Bruce Koopman was none too happy about the 53-48 loss to the fourth ranked Panthers.

“It always bothers me to lose, regardless of the situation or who you play,” he said. “I failed to have my team mentally prepared against Frankfort. We committed too many turnovers (24) and most were unforced. We could have defended better despite only giving up 53 points. Our offense struggled because of guys not executing properly.”

The Ramblers led the game 18-16 after the first quarter though Frankfort turned the tables and took a lead of its own at half-time, 31-24.

McBain went on a run through much of the third quarter, taking a lead as big as 46-37, though Frankfort eventually pulled back ahead 48-46 with three minutes to go and the Panthers made enough plays down the stretch to earn the win.

“Frankfort is a very athletic team and their top five guys are seniors with a lot of experience,” Koopman said. “The difference between this game and the last 59 regular season wins was we failed to capitalize on opportunities, especially late in the game. I hope it brings a sense of focus back to our guys.”

Nic Rodenbaugh led the team with 24 points and Seager Wiltzer netted 15.

On Friday, McBain hosted Beal City on homecoming night, 64-60.

“It was a conference win and keeps us one game up in the standings,” Koopman said. “After that it was not a very good effort on offense or defense. I realize it was homecoming week, but guys need to bring energy and focus. I feel we lack the right mind set right now as a team.”

The Ramblers led 19-15 after one, though the Aggies had a good run in the second to take a 28-26 lead at the break. The Ramblers pulled back ahead 48-42 entering the fourth quarter, where they found a way to survive.

Leading the way was Wiltzer with 27 points, Rodenbaugh added 16 and Garrett VerBerkmoes netted nine.

McBain (13-1 overall, 8-0 Highland) heads to Pine River tonight (Friday), travels to Lake City on Thursday and plays in Manton Feb. 21 in a key league contest.




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