The East Mills boys basketball team couldn't overcome its cold shooting in a 36-34 loss to Sidney in Corner Conference tilt on Friday.
The Wolverines connected on just 13-of-43 shots (32.5 percent) and were out rebounded 26-19.
Luke Schafer led all scorers with 17 points to lead East Mills. Colden Hillyer added six points and five rebounds.
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The East Mills boys opened the game on a 10-1 run, led by 20 after a quarter and 32 at the half in a 60-28 win over Essex last Tuesday.
“We had a good half against Nishnabotna but this was problem our best half of basketball,” said East Mills coach Kevin Schafer. “We've struggled to put a whole game together, especially on offense, but it feels like we're getting better every game.
The Wolverines (2-1 overall), after scoring a season-high 44 first half points scored just 16 after halftime.
“We didn't shoot it well and we missed a lot of bunnies,” said Schafer of his team's second half offensive woes.
Essex scored the game's first point, on a free throw, and the Wolverines rattled off 10 straight points, thanks mostly to its aggressive full court press and opportunistic offense. Of the Wolverines 27 first-quarter points, 22 came from inside the paint.
“We want to use our defense to set that up. We need to get easy baskets and that got us some confidence,” said Schafer.
In the second quarter, East Mills picked up right where they left off in the first quarter, with a 12-0 run, capped by Luke Schafer's three-point play, to go up 39-7.
The Wolverines shot a season-high 53 percent from the field (25-of-47), turned the ball over just 10 times and out-rebounded the Trojans 30-17 in the win. They also held Essex to 37-percent shooting (7-of-37) and grabbed 16 steals.
Schafer scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half. Daniel Duysen added 14 points and Charlie Ruff eight.
Jordan Jones led Essex with 10 points.