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The Maroa-Forsyth High School boys basketball team jumped out to a 23-9 lead after one quarter and LeRoy could never recover in a 60-46 nonconference loss at LeRoy on Friday night.

"Their pressure defense was different from what we were expecting and put us in a big hole early," LeRoy coach Mark Edmundson said. "We played them evenly the rest of the way."

The Panthers (3-6) closed to within 33-23 at the half but could get no closer as Maroa-Forsyth (5-1) upped the advantage to 48-36 after three quarters and outscored LeRoy 12-10 in the final period for the victory.

Senior guard Miles Morris had a team-high 16 points for the Panthers, including four 3-point baskets. Senior center Derek Dean just missed a double-double for LeRoy with 12 points and nine rebounds while Brent Alexander chipped in six points.

Austin Peebles scored a game-high 22 points to lead Maroa-Forsyth while Robert Kreps added 17 for the Trojans.

"They're very good and shoot the ball well," Edmundson added. "We played well the last three quarters."

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