Purdy can't control East Newton, falls 64-49

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford Getting loose Purdy senior Brent Cornman attacks the basket during basketball action on Dec. 16 against East Newton.

The Purdy Eagles basketball team knew they had a tall task in front of them when the East Newton Patriots invaded the Eagles' gym on Monday, Dec. 16.

Despite a gallant effort by Alex Mareth (22 points) and Brent Cornman (19 points), the Eagles fell 64-49.

"We got beat on the glass," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan, "especially in the second half. We could not secure the ball."

The Eagles' offense is predicated on getting turnovers on defense that lead to easy transition buckets.

The Patriots (4-1) like to pound the ball into the paint and let 6'6" Bryce Zimmerman do the work.

Early on it was the visitors from Granby who imposed their will.

Zimmerman and Colby Thomas teamed up to ease the Patriots out to a 13-4 lead.

Purdy's buzzer-beating layup by Kelton Mattingly closed the gap to 17-10 at the end of the first period.

Two momentum events occurred to start the second period: Zimmerman earned his second foul and the Eagles hit shots.

Purdy's Brent Cornman took advantage of the newly vacated space in the lane and scored six points over four consecutive trips down the court.

Cornman's layup with 2:33 left in the first half tied the game at 23-23 and Mareth's tap-in at the buzzer sent the two squads into the locker room knotted at 25-25.

The Eagles rode the second quarter energy out of locker room to start the third period.

Mareth hit a driving layup with 7:07 left in the third to give Purdy a brief 29-27 lead that lasted 27 seconds. Then East Newton's Colby Thomas buried a triple to put the Patriots in the lead for good.

With Zimmerman and Thomas on the floor, East Newton closed the third frame with a 17-8 spurt to lead 47-37 to start the fourth quarter.

The Eagles (3-2) couldn't get any closer the eight points in the final eight minutes and were outscored 17-12 in the final period.

"We know we have a long ways to go," said Egan. "We are playing hard but we need some of our younger players to step up and become more active on offense."

Scoring for Purdy: Mareth, 22; Cornman, 19; Mattingly, 4; and Robby Moody and Jonatan Salazar, 2 each.

Scoring for East Newton: Thomas, 22; Zimmerman, 21; Jake Patterson, 6; Sam Swartz, 5; Tyler Winsauer and Deion Clark, 4 each; and Ethan Helig, 2.

Purdy will be in action on Dec. 19 at Wheaton. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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