After yesterday's loss, MOKAN was looking to get back on track and stay on the winning path. After a rough first half in which they only scored 16 points and Jontay Porter had 3 fouls, however, they had to dig deep and find out what they were really made of against a very tough E1T1 team.
E1T1 pulled away in the first half a bit after Porter was benched with foul trouble, and they controlled the game and the boards. They played a tough zone on MOKAN which put them out of their comfort zone and leveraged E1T1’s depth on the offensive end.
After being up by just four points most of the half, E1T1 went on a 7-0 run to go up by a1 score of 27-16 by the half. Emmitt Williams left his mark for E1T1, ending the first with nine.
In the second half, MOKAN was able to stop the bleeding and adjust their game plan to get within striking distance in the battle. They played better on both ends of the floor, and did better on the glass as Porter’s presence was able to help down low and on the offensive end. They eventually cut the deficit to just five points.
MOKAN looked more like the team that won its first eight games in this half as they outscored E1T1 37-33. Porter had 11 in the half which made him finish with 15 points in the game, and Cooper Kaifes had three trey balls in the half to finish with nine as well while Israel Barnes also contributed six of his own.
Unfortunately, it still wouldn't be enough to overcome E1T1, despite MOKAN being within four with 36 seconds to go. E1T1 outlasted MOKAN behind a stellar half from Will Richardson and Nick Honor. Honor had 13 in the half and Richardson had 6, leading the way to a huge E1T1 victory to establish themselves as a top team on the circuit.