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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.