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Fast start propels MCS boys

The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team raced out to a 28-8 lead at halftime en route to a 57-29 win over Freeman Academy on Saturday in Freeman.

The Mitchell Christian boys basketball team raced out to a 28-8 lead at halftime en route to a 57-29 win over Freeman Academy on Saturday in Freeman.

"I just thought a big key to our game was bringing the defensive intensity," Golden Eagles head coach Dennis Martin said. "We were able to get several defensive stops and that set up our offense."

Majok Kur led the Golden Eagles with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ethan Cooper contributed in the win with five assists and 13 points, while Alec Nelson scored 10 points.

"Both Ethan and Majok have been our senior leaders," Martin said. "Ethan has stepped up for the second game in a row. When he is getting shots down low, it really opens things up for us."

Mitchell Christian was 25-of-41 from the floor and grabbed 24 team rebounds.

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Jesse Balzer led Freeman Academy with seven points.

Mitchell Christian (3-4) takes on Corsica-Stickney on Tuesday in Stickney, while Freeman Academy (1-6) faces Flandreau Indian on Thursday in Flandreau.

MCS 14 28 43 57

FA 7 8 18 29

Mitchell Christian (3-4)

Riley O'Neill 2-5 1-1 5 Alec Nelson 5-7 0-0 10 Ethan Cooper 5-9 2-2 13. Zach Bosworth 3-5 0-0 7 Majok Kur 7-10 0-2 15 Christian Cooper 2-3 0-0 4 Ty VanderPol 1-2 1-1 3 TOTALS 25-41 4-6 57

Freeman Academy (1-6)

Jesse Balzer 7 Stephen Waltner 6 Ryan Haggerty 5

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3-point goals: MCS 3-4; Rebounds 24 (Kur 12); Assists: MCS 14 (Ethan Cooper 5, Kur 5); Steals: MCS 7 (Nelson 5)

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