MESICK — It was a tough night for the Mason County Eastern boys basketball team Tuesday night, as the Cardinals lost their Western Michigan D League contest with Mesick, 64-31 on the road.

The Bulldogs put on a full-court press to start the game, and used it effectively to jump out to a 26-6 lead on the Cardinals, who played catch-up the rest of the game. Eastern dropped to 3-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

“Mesick is a very good, and well-coached team,” Eastern coach Mark Forner said. “They came out very strong at the start of the game, and we didn’t.

“The Bulldogs did a particularly good job of keeping the ball out of Eli Shoup’s hands. We played flat, and obviously struggled coming out of the extended Christmas break. We will play better against Baldwin on Thursday at home.”

Shoup finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals.