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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.