HANNIBAL | In their first game since their consolation round loss at the Tony Lenzini Tournament, the Hannibal boys basketball team were a re-energized team on Tuesday when they hosted Macon.
The Pirates held the lead from early in the first quarter for the rest of the game, defeating the Tigers 59-47.
Hannibal head coach Marty Hull thought his team's effort was better than it had been in recent games.
“It was nice not having a game last week, even though you want to play every week, but we needed a week of practice to just get ready and change some things,” Hull said. “Tonight, we had planned on playing zone and just trying to get it a little bit ugly to try to force some turnovers, try to get some more transition shots and I thought we did a good job of forcing turnovers.”
Both teams got into foul trouble in the second half, with Hannibal committing 12 fouls and Macon committing 13 fouls.
Hannibal went to the free throw line 25 times, making 14 of those shots.
“It slowed the game (down) enough so that we could press more,” Hull said. “I would like to be better than 14-for-25, but I like the idea of getting to the line more. It slows down the game and we can press more.”
Still, Hull hopes the Pirates can improve upon their free throw shooting moving forward.
“If they are letting you shoot a free shot with nobody around you, you have to be able to shoot a higher percentage than that,” Hull said. “The main thing is if we are going to press up like that, we got to take better angles. We are letting people get too far ahead and we are not taking good angles to trap them. So, we will watch some film on that and practice a bit more.”
Hannibal senior guard Preston Bennett scored a team-high 13 points. The Pirates had three other players reach double-digit scoring; sophomore guard Courtland Watson with 12 points, junior guard Tristen Terrill with 10 points and senior forward Adreke Brumbaugh with 10 points.
Macon freshman Mykel Linear scored a team-high 15 points, with Maurice Magruder second on the team with 10 points.
Up next – Hannibal will hosts Kirksville in their homecoming game on Friday, with tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Scoring by quarter
HAN – 14 | 17 | 11 | 17 – 59
MAC – 11 | 10 | 8 | 18 – 47