Visiting Eagles sweep court teams

For the first time in almost to three years, the Muskie senior boys’ basketball team lost a NorWOSSA regular-season game.
It happened here yesterday afternoon when the Dryden Eagles battled back from an early deficit to soar past the black-and-gold 51-44.
“We just didn’t adjust well to what they threw at us after the first quarter,” said Muskie co-coach Mike Busch.
After grabbing a commanding 17-6 lead after the first quarter, the Muskies (3-1) were outscored by seven, eight, and three points, respectively, in the next three quarters.
“The turning point was that second quarter. We seemed to turn it up,” said Eagles head coach Shawn Foster, whose team improved to 1-2 in NorWOSSA play.
“Any time you can beat a top team is certainly a confidence builder,” he added.
Not since the 1998-99 season, when the Muskies went 6-2 in league action, had they lost a regular season game. Included in that span were two perfect 8-0 seasons and a 3-0 start this year.
“The team just isn’t used to losing these games, especially at home,” said Busch.
Eagles forward A.J. McAuley led all scorers with 16 points. Jock Gemmell scored 11 points to pace the Muskies, with Jamie Algie and Josh McMahon netting eight apiece.
In junior boys’ basketball action, the Eagles blew open an nine-point halftime lead en route to an easy 47-23 win over the Muskies (2-2).
Meanwhile, the Muskie senior girls’ volleyball squad (0-4) is still looking for that elusive first win after falling to Dryden in five sets.
They dropped the first set 25-21, won the next two by scores of 25-16 and 25-22, but then couldn’t nail it down—losing the last two 25-22 and 15-12.
And the Muskie junior girls saw their record evened at 2-2 after surrendering a four-set decision to the visiting Eagles (25-23, 17-25, 20-25, and 13-25).
“We’re juniors, we’re learning,” said Muskie head coach Struchan Gilson, who used three different lineups to accommodate his 17-player roster.
The seniors will jump back into action this weekend with a pair of weekend tournaments. The boys will play at the John Piper Classic in Winnipeg while the girls will be at an invitational tourney at St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora).
The next league action for all four teams is here Jan. 29 against the Kenora Broncos.