Bobcats win home finale

 

Brethren junior Kameren Danks (21) posts up two Pentwater defenders, as senior Josh Riggs (24) looks on, during the Bobcats’ 59-39 win over the Falcons in their last home game of the season Thursday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren junior Kameren Danks (21) posts up two Pentwater defenders, as senior Josh Riggs (24) looks on, during the Bobcats’ 59-39 win over the Falcons in their last home game of the season Thursday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Josh Riggs wanted to make a statement in his last game in Brethren’s gymnasium.

Riggs scored the first seven points of the game, on his way to a 22-point senior-night performance to lead the Bobcats to a 59-39 win over Pentwater in the regular-season finale on Thursday.

“I just wanted to leave it all on the floor (in my) last game,” Riggs said. “Leave it all out there and give it everything I’ve got.”

Kameren Danks added 10 points for the Bobcats, all in the fourth quarter, in a game that Pentwater (2-17 overall, 1-15 West Michigan D League) was never really in.

Riggs forced a quick Falcons time-out with two low-post buckets, a fast-break tip-in and a free throw in the first 2:47 of the contest.

Joe Tighe and Nick Kemler added 3-pointers for Brethren (13-6, 10-5) in the first quarter, which Riggs attempted to end with an exclamation-point jam, but it came just after the buzzer.

But the score was 22-7 without it, and the game was essentially over.

Brethren’s big lead, and Riggs’s early dominance, had its downside, as the team appeared to take its collective foot off the gas for long stretches.

“At times, when we tried to execute our offense, we were throwing the ball all over the place,” Randall said. “We had 13 turnovers, but a lot of those were in the second half, when we were just starting at Josh (Riggs) rather than swinging the ball to get him open.”

Pentwater actually outscored Brethren in the second quarter and played dead even in the third, before Danks led the Bobcats to 1 15-point fourth to close it out.

Riggs and fellow senior Devyn Holbrook left the floor for the last time with 1:06 left in the contest.

“It’s nice, going out with a win,” Holbrook said. “It’s also sad that I can’t play in front of my home fans anymore. It was fun, but the funnest part will be in districts.”

The Bobcats will play this same Pentwater team to open the state tournament on Monday at Manistee Catholic Central.

Randall said that he is happy with his team’s attitude as they prepare for the postseason.

“There is a lot of positivity,” he said. “We know that teams are going to come out and pressure us as much as possible, we just have to maintain our composure and get through it and have that winning mentality.”

Riggs said that he had prepared himself for the emotion of his last home game at Brethren.

“It’s not as bad as it could have been,” Riggs said. “I didn’t want it to come, but I knew it was coming. I just have to enjoy it now, because it goes quick.”

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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