EAST JORDAN — Thursday’s matchup with Traverse City St. Francis was always going to be an uphill battle for the East Jordan boys’ basketball team.
And playing against the top team within the Lake Michigan Conference without your best player in the lineup certainly doesn’t help.
Without leading scorer Preston Malpass, the Red Devils couldn’t keep pace with visiting St. Francis and fell in a 73-44 game.
“They’re a really good team and I thought we came out flat tonight,” East Jordan coach Nate Dzwik said. “We traded buckets in the first few minutes and they just went on a run. They punched us in the face and we didn’t answer.”
The Red Devils trailed in a 20-8 game after the first quarter, then 43-23 at the break. The lead then continued for the Glads in the second half.
Mason Malpass led East Jordan with 15 points and five rebounds and JJ Weber added eight points and four rebounds.
East Jordan will try to rebound when they next head to Kalkaska on Tuesday, Jan. 18. They’ll also meet Grayling in an LMC matchup on Thursday, Jan. 20.
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This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Red Devils can't keep pace with St. Francis, drop third straight