BLOOMINGTON -- A strong start by the Alleman boys' basketball team faded into another head-scratching finish.
Dominating play after one quarter on Friday afternoon, the Pioneers soon reverted to their season-long habit of inconsistent stretches. This time, Alleman struggled scoring points and could not key consistent defensive rebounds during a 43-29 loss to St. Joseph-Ogden in the State Farm Holiday Classic consolation semifinal at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
"We were clicking on all cylinders in the first quarter," Alleman coach Pat Rangel said. "For whatever mystifying reason, we stopped doing what we were doing and had those lapses. We never got out of the funk."
In the first quarter, the Pioneers (5-6) scored 13 points. In the final three quarters, they scored 16.
Alleman had five field goals in the second half.
"Just a total lack of effort," Rangel said.
Another issue was the Pioneers' inability to get a defensive rebound. St. Joseph-Ogden (11-1) grabbed 17 offensive boards. That, plus the lack of scoring in the last three quarters, carried Alleman to its second loss in three games.
"We aren't struggling for answers. It's all effort," said Rangel, who received nine points apiece from John Tracey and Adam Hoogerwerf. "It's not a question of talent or our gameplan -- it's just effort. We're looking for five guys who will give us consistent effort. Until we get that, we're going to continue to struggle."
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.