Another close game eluded the Constantine boys basketball team after a third-quarter letdown at home Tuesday. Down by a point at halftime, the Falcons were outscored 19-8 in the third quarter in a 65-56 loss to Battle Creek Pennfield.
Constantine slipped to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Kalamazoo Valley Association, while the Panthers left town 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
Joey Steiner led a trio of Falcons to reach double figures with 16 points, which included 4-for-7 shooting behind the 3-point line, Austin Kinser produced 11 and Cody Ley finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
But Pennfield answered with its own double-digit trifecta, with Jake Grimes pouring in 25 points, Ryan Lowe putting up 12 and Kody Moore tallying 10.
“Another good first half,” Constantine coach Chuck Frisbie said. “Six turnovers in the first half and 13 in the second half, along with poor shot selection, allowed Pennfield to eliminate the lead. We’ve got to find a way to slow down and play like we’re ahead when we have a chance to put teams away.”
Anthony Bontrager and Perry White (four steals) posted six points apiece for Constantine, followed by Jon Doering (five) and Luhk Mullendore (two).
Photos by Shelly Evilsizor