Sidney’s boys basketball team couldn’t get its offensive attack going against a quick Laurel squad and lost by a 43-36 final at home on Friday night.
The highlight for the Eagles was the start of the second half. After trailing 15-13 at intermission, the Eagles struck for the first six points of the third quarter on a basket by Cooper McGlothlin and two hoops by Bridger Larson for a 19-15 advantage.
After Laurel’s Shel Osborne scored inside at the 5:29 mark, the Eagles increased their lead to 24-17 on a three-pointer by Boston Peters and a basket off a rebound by Larson after a steal by Aaron Entz. McGlothlin followed with a three-pointer for a 27-17 margin wtih 3:55 left in the third quarter.
Laurel’s defense, however, held the Eagles scoreless for the rest of the period. The Locomotives scored eight straight points, including four by 6-5 sophomore Colter Bales, to cut the gap to 27-25.
In the fourth quarter, Laurel tied the score on a drive by Nick Pasquarello and went ahead, 29-27, on a steal and layup by Gaje Leischner with 6:35 remaining. A pair of free throws by Logan Kennedy increased Laurel’s lead to four points.
Larson ended Sidney’s cold spell with a free throw at the 4:21 mark. The 6-6 senior hit two more free throws with 2:41 left to pull the Eagles to 32-30.
After a steal by McGlothlin, Entz scored for a 32-32 deadlock with 2:07 remaining.
Laurel was clutch at the foul stripe down the stretch as the foul shooting of Leischner and Gus Crowl led the Locomotives to a 40-33 advantage. Larson connected from three-point range for a 40-36 score with 50 seconds left, but that was Sidney’s final points of the Eastern A contest.
Larson led the Eagles with 19 points and McGlothlin scored eight. Adding three points each were Peters, Entz and Trev Stewart.
Laurel’s top scorers were Bales with 10, Leischner with nine and Pasquarello with eight.
The Locomotives jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter. The Eagles tallied the first nine points of the second quarter, including three-pointers by Stewart and McGlothlin, to grab a 13-11 lead.