Ryan Bosch needs some home cooking. The Mahomet-Seymour basketball coach will be more than happy to get three straight home games starting Saturday against Dunlap.
The Bulldogs have played three of the last four games on the road. The Bulldogs lost two tough ones to Normal U-High and Taylorville. The Bulldogs sit at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Apollo Conference play.
Normal University High 62, M-S 50. Normal U-High got hot from three as the Pioneers splashed nine threes in a 62-50 win on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Grant Coleman yet again.
The junior forward had 14 points. He scored half of the Bulldogs' points in the first half, but U-High led 27-20 at the break.
In the second half, M-S could never get over the top with the rally. M-S trailed 43-33 at the end of the third quarter. Normal U-High only outscored the Bulldogs 35-30 in the second half.
Cole Lener had all seven of his points in the third quarter as he tried to rally the Bulldogs. Kobe Essien added six points.
Connor Kamphaus and Lucas Turner both drilled threes and finished with five points. Jordan Veldman also chipped in five.
Jack McHale (three points) and Ben Greenberger (two points) also got into the scoring column.
Drew Wollenschlager had 19 points for U-High, including three triples. Nate Torres added 15 points. Alex Wood and Logan Christensen both knocked down three bombs from long range and had 11 points.
Taylorville 60, M-S 46. The Bulldogs struggled offensively to get anything to fall, shooting just 37 percent from the field against a good Taylorville squad last Thursday. Taylorville finished off a 60-46 win over M-S thanks to a 15-6 spurt in the third quarter.
Lener led the way with 14 points. Lener was 6-for-12 from the field and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc. He also ripped down four rebounds and dished out one assist.
Kamphaus continued to score for the Bulldogs off the bench. The senior guard drilled two threes and finished with nine points.
Veldman scored nine points but it took him 12 shots. Veldman had four assists to go along with a couple steals and a rebound.
M-S head coach Ryan Bosch has talked often about how the Bulldogs follow the lead of Coleman, and they look for him to lead the offense. Coleman played a team-high 30 minutes, but he could only manage five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.
Braden Finch knocked down a three.
Kobe Essien had two points, two steals and four rebounds.
Dawson Finch didn't score, but he hauled in 12 rebounds and five assists. He also had a couple steals.
Jase Bergschneider led Taylorville with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Three Taylorville players scored in double figures.
Taylorville shot 48 percent from the floor and only turned the ball over eight times.
The Bulldogs did have 13 assists to just eight turnovers, but the drought in the third quarter was costly. M-S was only 1-for-7 from the free throw line, as the Bulldogs dropped their first Apollo Conference game.
The Bulldogs will take on Dunlap Saturday night at home. Junior varsity will get underway at 5 p.m. Varsity will tip off around 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, M-S will host Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Next Saturday, M-S will get to host Effingham. Junior varsity will get underway at 5 p.m. Varsity will tip off around 6:30 p.m.