Cardinals dominate Chippewas

Big Rapids’ press guides Cards to opening-night victory

BIG RAPIDS — Manistee did everything it could to stop the Big Rapids boys basketball team.

The Chippewas switched zones and went man-to-man on defense. On offense, it tried to attack the Cardinals press. It was everything Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles expected to see from opponents this season.

IN THE ACT OF SHOOTING: Big Rapids’ Tyler Pellerito (left) gets fouled while attempting a shot against Manistee on Monday at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

On Monday, the Cardinals passed with flying colors, opening the season with a 71-29 victory over the Chippewas at Big Rapids High School.

“I thought (Monday) was good because they played a lot of zones and man and we attacked everything reasonably well,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said.

The Cardinals started strong right out of the gate. They won the tip and Quinn Tyson knocked down a 3-pointer on the first shot of the year.

Big Rapids continued to work the ball low to post players Tyler Pellerito and Jake Daugherty, while also using a press that forced many turnovers.

The Cardinals led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter.

“We came in thinking everyone has to work hard and everyone did work hard and that is why we were successful,” Pellerito said after scoring nine points.

Big Rapids kept it going in the second quarter, utilizing second-chance points as well as getting buckets in transition to take a 36-15 lead at halftime. The Cardinals had eight second-chance points in the second quarter.

“We weren’t ready to play and I have to look at myself first — I didn’t have them ready,” Manistee coach Scott Solberg said. “Guys who we thought would step up and fill holes didn’t happen. We got out-played in every phase of the game.”

If there was one area Solberg was encouraged by was how his team came out in the second half. The Chippewas were more aggressive, attacking the basket and were able to get to the free throw line.

Manistee was paced by Cody McShane with eight points, while Jordan MacArthur tallied seven points and Andrew Solberg netted six.

“You don’t want to sound negative, but it’s hard right now,” Scott Solberg said. “We definitely have a lot of things to work on and there is room for improvement.”

Meanwhile, Big Rapids utilized its entire bench, getting all of the players in the game early and often. Ingles figures each of his players got at least six minutes of action.

The Cardinals were paced by Tyson with 18 points, while Dario Williams added 14. Daugherty, Pellerito and Matt Brejcha tallied nine points apiece.

View more photos from this game at our photo gallery! 

BIG RAPIDS 71, MANISTEE 29

M 5 10 9 5 — 29

BR 16 20 22 13 — 71

Manistee (0-1)

Jonas Habel 0 2-2 2, Andrew Solberg 3 0-0 6, Cody McShane 2 4-5 8, Jared Knapp 0 1-4 1, Jordan MacArthur 2 3-4 7, Dustin Simmons 2 1-2 5, Totals 9 11-17 29.

Big Rapids (1-0)

Mack Green 0 0-1 0, Kyle Brady 1 0-0 2, Dario Williams 4(2) 0-0 14, Eric Boyd 2 0-0 4, Nick Baldwin 2 0-0 4, LeeQuan Clark 0 0-1 0, Matt Brejcha 1(2) 1-2 9, Quinn Tyson 2(4) 2-2 18, Tyler Pellerito 4 1-5 9, Eric Chase 1 0-0 2, Jake Daugherty 4 1-2 9, Totals 21(8) 5-13 71.

Rebounds — Manistee 31 (MacArthur 9), Big Rapids 32 (Pellerito, Daugherty 6). Assists — Manistee 3 (Simmons 2), Big Rapids 17 (Daugherty 3).

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