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Chiefs make strides after falling to Falcons, Pirates

The Cornell boys basketball team took on conference opponent Flambeau this week, before stepping out of the conference for an away game at Gilman.

Jan. 14 vs. Flambeau conference (L 72-35)

Always a tough team to beat, Flambeau came into Cornell hot, holding the home team to only 17 points, opposed to Flambeau’s 39. It was the same story in the second half, with Cornell held to just 18, against Flambeau’s 33.

The Chiefs couldn’t catch up and ended the night with a 72-35 loss.

“We have to start faster in our games,” said coach Marcus Leland. “It is taking us too long to get into the flow of the game right now. As a result, we are digging ourselves too big of a hole to get out of.”

Leading the way for Cornell, was senior Caleb Balow with 15 points, followed by senior Tyler Harycki with 6. Junior Austin Bowe got on the board with 5 points and 4 rebounds, while freshman Dylan Bowe had 5 points and 5 rebounds.

Junior Jason Krupka ended the night with 3 points and freshman Blake Anders recorded 1 point.

Jan. 16 at Gilman non-conference (L 56-37)

Cornell was back in action two nights later, this time taking on the Pirates of Gilman.

“We had really good energy in the game,” said Leland. “We played well and just had a few minutes at the end of the first half where we just didn’t make good decisions.”

The home team took the game, 56-37, leaving the Chiefs still looking for their first win this season.

Balow again led with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Junior Davis Harshman came away with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Harycki ended with 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Anders chipped in with 4 points. A. Bowe finished the night with 3 points and 3 steals, and D. Bowe recorded 2 points and 3 rebounds.

Freshman Avery Turany also chipped in, with 2 points.

“We took good strides forward in the game,” said Leland.