EDDYVILLE — A career night from Cutler VandeLune was not enough for the PCM boys’ basketball team on Thursday.
The Mustang junior scored a career-high 29 points and buried a school-record nine 3-pointers, but PCM struggled in the second and third quarters during a 79-69 non-conference road loss.
The Rockets led by four after one quarter but outscored the Mustangs 24-14 in the second and 26-19 in the third.
PCM won the fourth 23-12, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. It was the Mustangs’ fourth straight loss.
VandeLune finished 9-of-22 from 3. Jacob Wendt also reached double digits with 12 points and he added two rebounds and two assists.
Mark Bussan finished with six points and a career-best eight rebounds, Gavin Van Gorp chipped in seven points, two rebounds and two assists and Kaleb DeVries had three points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Jack Jungling collected five points and five rebounds, Easton Webb scored four points, Chase Wagaman grabbed five boards and Jacob Elrod corralled three rebounds. Pete Kiernan and Alex Wendt both posted two rebounds.
PCM (9-12) finished 11-of-35 from 3 and shot 41.3 percent from the floor. The Mustangs made 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
The Rockets, who have won seven of their past nine games, shot 42.6 percent from the floor, made 7-of-18 from 3 and buried 14-of-16 from the foul line.
Brooks Moore led EBF (15-5) with 32 points and eight rebounds, Jesse Cornelison had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals and Karic Stout had 11 points and 12 rebounds.