Cyclones drop close battle to Eagles at home

In the second quarter of Saturday's home game, the Underwood Eagles outscored the Cyclones 19-4, which ended up being the difference in their 57-49 victory, earning their 13th win and handing the Cyclones their 3rd loss of the season.

The first bucket of the game came from Senior Eagle Owen Larsen, followed by a 3-pointer from Senior Cyclone Jason Erlemeier to give the Cyclones their first lead of the night. After Erlemeier's bucket, The Eagles went on a 10-2 run with contributions from Seniors Josh Ravlin, Mason Boothby, and Jack Vanfossan forcing a timeout from Cyclone head coach Mitch Osborn.

When play resumed, the Cyclones went on a 10-2 run of their own with shots from Cade Sears, Ben Leinen, and Franz Reisz, getting themselves right back in the game going into the second quarter.

"We were down two at the end of the first quarter, so I'm glad we got back in the game," Osborn said. "The second quarter was a backbreaker. We got outscored 19-4, and we really struggled."

The second quarter began with the Eagles taking command right away with Ravlin scoring the first bucket, and later adding another two shots, followed by Vanfossan scoring, forcing another timeout from Osborn.

When play resumed, Sophomore Eagle Garrett Luett scored, followed by a 3-point shot from Will Arkfeld, but the Eagles were leading by 16 at halftime.

"I told them we can't get it all back at once," Osborn said. "We've got to fight and it's one possession at a time, and to not panic because there's 16 minutes left, and that's when we switched to the zone. They're so balanced. They have three really good guards and shooters."

The Cyclones came storming out of the gate in the third quarter turning the tables on the Eagles outscoring them 18-8, getting themselves back in the game. The quarter opened with a 3-point shot from Arkfeld, followed by buckets from Franz Reisz and Jozef Reisz, and later on back-to-back 3-pointers from Arkfeld and Erlemeier. Sears made a mid-range shot, followed by another 3-pointer from Erlemeier to close out the quarter with the Cyclones trailing by only six points.

The fourth quarter opened with Vanfossan getting fouled on a made shot where he sunk the extra point, putting his team up by nine. Arkfeld responded with a 3-pointer, followed by a bucket from Franz Reisz, cutting the lead down to four points.

With just under four minutes remaining, Eagles head coach Brad Blum called a timeout, and when play resumed, Senior Cyclone Quinn Koesters made a bucket, but Luett answered back with back-to-back shots, putting his team up 8 points.

For the remainder of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair, ultimately leading to a Eagle victory keeping them undefeated and handing the Cyclones their first loss since Dec. 12 at Glenwood.

The Cyclones will head out on the road Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. facing off against Hawkeye Ten opponent, the 4-6 Denison Monarchs. The Monarchs are led by Lance Arkfeld averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, along with Jake Fink averaging 3.5 assists per game.

"They will be much better now," Osborn said. "[Luke] Wiebers's hand has healed up, and we have Franz now, hopefully we will have [Brehden] Eggerss back next week, and Cade wasn't playing the first time we played them, so I know we're better, but I'm sure they are too. You go on the road, and it's always tough. We'll have to step up and do a great job."



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