PREP ROUNDUP: Sabers boys improve to 4-4 with 51-43 win

MANISTEE — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball may have turned its season around with back-to-back victories after a 51-43 victory over Traverse City Homeschool.

MCC was able to break the game open in the second half after only leading 23-20 at intermission.

“We played them man-to-man in the first half and they had a pretty good inside-out combination. That led to a tight game and got us into foul trouble,” MCC head coach Mike Feliczak said. “In the second half we went into a zone and turned up the intensity. That’s what led to us getting it right on the scoreboard.”

The Sabers were led by Austin Van Aelst with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“He was really our most consistent player all night,” Feliczak said.

Justin Feliczak had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chad Robke had 12 points.

“We’re excited to be at .500. We’re excited to win two games in a row,” Feliczak said. “All year long we’ve been challenging the kids to play four quarters and we haven’t seen it yet. I’m hoping to get four quarters out of these guys and see how good we can be.”

MCC (4-4, 2-4) will face Mason County Eastern (2-4, 2-4) on Friday, January 22.

Brethren boys 40, Mesick 39

MESICK — Brethren boys basketball won again on Tuesday night against the struggling Mesick Bulldogs.

The Bobcats snuck out in the final moments in a 40-39 game.

Mesick had multiple opportunities in the final minute to win, but the Bobcat defense held tough to seal the victory.

“I think we fell into a game where we were rushing ourselves on offense. Defensively we did a better job of getting in their face,” Brethren head coach J.J. Randall said.

Brethren was led by Devyn Holbrook with 10 points.

Josh Riggs had 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Kameren Danks had 8 points and 8 rebounds.

“Once again my bench came in and did a great job. We’re all just looking to build throughout each game and they did a really good job coming in to help out,” Randall said.

Brethren (6-2, 4-2) will face conference rival Onekama (7-0, 6-0) on Friday, January 22.

NMC 51, 

Bear Lake girls 35

MCBAIN — Bear Lake girls basketball fell to McBain Northern Michigan Christian to move into the second half of the season.

The Lakers lost 51-35 in the end.

“It was a very close team right down until the end. We just didn’t pull it out,” Bear Lake head coach Jeff Harthun said. “They were beatable. With about four minutes left in the game we were down by three. I don’t know. We buried our heads like we weren’t going to win the game and we gave up too many easy baskets.”

Bear Lake was led by Yuki Babinec with 10 points and two steals.

Abby Cross had seven points and two rebounds.

“We played very well for three quarters and we just had a mental lapse for about a quarter. That’s what cost us. I don’t think we went backwards, but we’re at that point now that we need to dig deep and fight like a team that wants to win — or are we just going to roll over,” Harthun said. “We have to make that decision.”

Bear Lake (3-8, 2-6) will be back on Thursday, January 21 against Walkerville (3-7, 2-6).



Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or

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