Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tough loss for Galesburg

Evan Massey and the Silver Streaks lost their fourth consecutive Western Big 6 game Thursday night as Alleman rallied for a 79-73 victory in overtime at Don Morris Gym.

It left Galesburg (6-6, 0-4) as the only team still winless in conference play.

"It's a really tough one to take," Massey told Aaron Frey of The Galesburg Register-Mail following the game. "Our kids are very, very frustrated right now. They're better than a 6-6 team. They know they're better than a 6-6 team, and this loss right here is one that would've been a nice win for us. We're just sick about losing."

The Streaks led by seven midway through the fourth quarter, and the margin still was five with 1:54 remaining in regulation. After Alleman tied in on two free throws from Abbie Ledford, Galesburg had a chance to win it in regulation. Massey called timeout with 5.7 seconds left, and his play had guard Sara Baker driving to the basket.

Her shot missed as there was contact with Alleman center Selam Mulugeta, but no foul was called. That apparently was one of the few times the whistle didn't blow on contact; a total of 58 fouls were called, slowing the pace and not allowing "The System" to take full effect.

"We had them on the ropes, but there were so many fouls called that stopped the game we never got the momentum we needed," Massey told The Register-Mail.

Galesburg shot a season-low 35 3-pointers, according to the paper. Massey and his squad host Maine South on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST in non-conference action. Good luck.

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