Bobcats roll past Wildcats

Brethren senior Lucas Richardson (10) draws contact while attempting a shot during Monday’s district quarterfinal win against Walkerville. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

BALDWIN — There are no guarantees come tournament time, but Brethren seized the opportunity to keep its season alive Monday night against Walkerville.

The Bobcats cruised to 71-42 Class D district quarterfinal victory over the winless Wildcats to move on to the semifinal round against the tournament host, Baldwin, on Wednesday.

“This game was good for us for a couple reasons,” Brethren coach Travis Walker said of the district opener. “Number one, we had a young team last year and I think our first five or six possessions of the district for us were turnovers. I think we got some of those jitters out of the way tonight for a young team.

“It also gave us another opportunity to play in Baldwin’s gym before we have to face them in it.”

In the third meeting between the two West Michigan D League teams, Brethren jumped out to 20-4 first quarter lead over Walkerville. It was a pace the Bobcats kept throughout, no matter how the lineup looked. Walker made many five-for-five substitutions, while inserting a number of junior varsity call-ups for the postseason.

“You never know what’s going to happen, whether it be injury our foul trouble,” Walker explained, “if we need one of those young guys to go in, they won’t be going in for the very first time.

“They were able to get out there, get some experience, and get some confidence hopefully.”

Brethren took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at halftime, and a 51-27 advantage into the fourth.

Every Bobcat in the lineup scored as Colton Podbilski led the way with 17, including four 3-pointers, Dylan Heberling scored 14, James Connolly eight, and August Sivec and Jeremiah Best each added seven.

“We played well and played aggressive,” Walker said. “Everybody played a pretty equal amount of time, and everyone scored.

“It’s been a pretty grueling stretch, and if we want to win a district, we’ve got to play six games in 11 days,” he added. “We’ve already played four in seven, so it was nice to come out tonight and be able to execute some things we wanted to while keeping our legs fresh.”



Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or

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