Boys hoops have narrow loss to Mayer Lutheran

The TCU boys basketball win, fresh off their win over Medford on Tuesday, had a close loss to Mayer Lutheran on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Montgomery. 


Tri-City United 26 - 22 = 48

Mayer Lutheran 31 - 28 = 59


The boys competed hard during the game, being down by only five points after the first half.


Coach Ben Haugen praised his team and said it is working in the right direction to make itself a better competitor. 


“We really came out and competed well against one of the top teams in the conference,” he said. “Mayer Lutheran is a very well-coached and physical team. They gave us problems on the boards and caused a lot of turnovers.” 


The Titans had 16 turnovers, compared to Mayer Lutheran that had only five.


The coach acknowledged seniors Nate Chadderdon and Pat Lloyd for getting the game started and keeping up the momentum. 


“Nate really gave us a spark early in the game,” he said. “Pat then hit four threes in the second half to help keep us in the game.”


Lloyd led the team in scoring with 12 points on the night. He shot 4 for 10 from the line, and 4 for 7 from the 3-point line. Chadderdon added 11 points and topped the night pulling down 12 rebounds. Other scorers were Jamison Beulke with 9, Aaron Dwyer with 6, Carter Rynda with 4, and Kelly Nordling and Connor Oak with 3 each. 


Coach Haugen said even though they lost, the performance by the boys was competitive against a good team.


“This game was another step in the right direction for our team,” he said. “There is still plenty to improve, but I like how we are progressing.”