After winning its opening-round game against South Shelby in dominant fashion, the second-seeded Meadville boys' hoops team dropped its following two games to finish fourth in the Marceline Hoops Tournament.
Friday night, the Eagles never quite got their legs underneath them against Class 3 Macon, falling 55-38. Macon went on to lose the championship game to Milan the following evening.
After the first quarter of Friday's game, Meadville trailed 15-8, and never got any closer than seven points from that point onward. At the halftime break, the Eagles carried a 31-14 deficit into the locker room. Dillon Seckington was the only Meadville player in double-figures with 12 points, and Jordan Schmitz finished with nine.
The Eagles rattled off four three-pointers in the fourth quarter against Macon, but after struggling to get their open looks to fall throughout the prior portions of the game, it proved to be too little, too late.
Macon coach Dale Devenport said that the full-court pressure his team applied to force Meadville into bad decisions and turnovers was a large part of the Tigers' modus operandi.
"We came out and used our athleticism and our defense," Devenport said. "That's who we are, we're going to play 84 feet of basketball the entire game. We tried to make them put the ball on the floor and create shots for themselves, and we hit shots early and moved the ball well. We're really starting to buy into that."
The following evening, Putnam County defeated Meadville 44-37 in the third place game.
The Eagles fall to 9-3 overall with the pair of weekend losses.
Meadville coach Drew Nier said that when shots are not falling, his team has to do a better job of getting back to the fundamentals of rebounding, playing defense, and taking care of the basketball.
He looks for his team to turn things around in Bevier on Tuesday night.
"In that first half against Macon, we didn't play as well as we need to defensively when we're not making shots," Nier said. "Kudos to them, we just didn't hit. We got the tempo up a little bit in the fourth quarter, and we stretched the floor. Against Putnam, that was a lethargic performance -- uninspired basketball. Hopefully in Bevier, we shoot the ball and get back into it. We have to get back to the brand of basketball we're used to playing."