Cards use runs to down Chippewas

Manistee’s Jordan MacArthur scores during the first half of Friday’s loss to Big Rapids. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The primary objective in basketball is, obviously, to score.

Not far behind is keeping the opponent from doing the same.

Put the two together at the same time and the success rate goes off the charts.

Big Rapids used that formula — consisting of a 10-0 run in the second quarter and a pair of 11-0 spurts in the second half — to power past Manistee for a 63-43 win on Friday night.

“We’re still pretty young … so sometimes we play like that and sometimes we don’t,” said Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles. “But, runs are always nice.”

While the Cardinals (12-5) were stringing baskets together, the Chippewas (7-9) were suffering through long scoring droughts — two of more than four minutes in the second half alone.

“Our shooting woes just continue,” said Manistee coach Scott Solberg. “I still think we get pretty good looks at the basket and good shots. Everything is just magnified when you’re not hitting shots. … It seems like everything is just a struggle.”

The Cardinals had strong scoring balance as four players finished in double figures.

Quinn Tyson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jake Daugherty scored 10 while Nick Baldwin netted 14 and backcourt mate Dario Williams had 13.

“Both of them are really point guards,” Ingles said. “I think they’re the best guard combo in (the Central State Activities Association).”

Andre Allen led Manistee with 12 points, Dustin Simmons scored eight and Nick Johnson seven.

Big Rapids led 13-11 after the first quarter and then got a boost from Tyson, who scored his team’s first 10 points of the second quarter — including a pair of 3-pointers — as the Cardinals pushed out to a 26-16 advantage.

“It was big,” Tyson said. “We needed a spark and I didn’t care who it came from.”

Solberg wasn’t happy with his defense during that stretch.

“We didn’t have good recognition on defense about who was shooting well and who was doing things,” he said. “We left people open and we didn’t rotate a few times and at this time of the year, that’s just very disappointing.”

Manistee got a triple from Allen and a basket from Simmons to pull within seven points at halftime at 28-21.

The Chippewas, however, couldn’t buy a basket for most of the third quarter while the Cardinals rattled off the first 11 points for a commanding 37-21 lead.

“We got a lot of good shots because we executed really well,” Ingles said.

Williams and Baldwin provided a formidable combination in the second half by slashing to the basket for high-percentage looks, or finding them for others.

“Our gameplan was to make those guys go left,” Solberg said. “We knew they were good guards and that’s the key to their team. I don’t think we did a good job of making them go left and we lost track of them a few times.”

The Cardinals held a 48-29 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Chippewas scored six quick points to pull within 13 and give themselves a shot to get back in the game. However, that was followed with another 11-0 run by Big Rapids that put the game out of reach as Manistee couldn’t get shots to drop.

“I think the frustration builds when you continue not to hit shots,” Allen said. “It takes a good run for us to get back into it.”

But, all the runs belonged to the Cardinals, who left Manistee with their first win outside of the CSAA. Now, they’re ready to get back to it.

“I’m happy with the win,” Ingles said, “and we’re going to try and win the conference now.”

The Big Rapids junior varsity team beat Manistee 37-19. Tyler Kempf led the Chippewas with seven points.

 

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