Lakers rout MCC, 62-15

 

Bear Lake’s Trevor Pargeon (14) drives to the lane despite the defensive attention of Manistee Catholic Central’s Matt Cohen (11) and Jacob McComb (right) during the Lakers’ 62-15 win over the Sabers on Tuesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Bear Lake’s Trevor Pargeon (14) drives to the lane despite the defensive attention of Manistee Catholic Central’s Matt Cohen (11) and Jacob McComb (right) during the Lakers’ 62-15 win over the Sabers on Tuesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Bear Lake boys basketball ran to its first win of the season on Tuesday against cross-county rivals Manistee Catholic Central.

The Lakers were able to shake off the rust from the first two games of the season and push the pace early and often to pull away from the Sabers 62-15.

“We’re going to struggle to score, but we shouldn’t struggle to have an effort and a little pride,” MCC coach Mike Feliczak said. “I thought we were just flat bullied in our own gym.

“We were outworked, outhustled and outcoached.”

MCC knew scoring would be an issue this season, but not quite this much of one.

Bear Lake started the game on a 24-0 run built on its press and a jarring amount of turnovers.

The Sabers turned the ball over 28 times and the game became a layup drill early.

“That’s the style of play that we practice every day,” Bear Lake coach Garret Waller said. “We try to make that happen. We look to make defense into offense.”

MCC finally broke the ice when Brayden Perkins scored at 2:30 into the second quarter.

Things didn’t take a swing in the other direction from there. The Lakers kept up the pressure through the end of the second quarter led by Gary McBride’s 21 points, eight rebounds and five steals on the night to go into the break up 38-6.

“They’re a good team. They came to play tonight and we didn’t respond,” Feliczak said. “I don’t know who those guys were. That’s not us.

“We’re going to get a fresh start and go back to work.”

Toward the end of the second quarter Bear Lake backed out of the press and into a 2-3 zone, but that still gave their speedy players a chance to make a few plays in the open court.

“We pressed them for a while there until we got up, then we went into the 2-3 zone. That’s out patented break out of zone. We break well out of the 2-3 and after halftime we worked on some man-to-man. I like using a variety of defenses because we’ll need them later on down the road.”

Bear Lake (1-2, 1-1) lost its two opening games this season, but wasn’t able to get the running game going in either one.

“I couldn’t press Buckley or Baldwin. This is the first game we were able to press,” Waller said. “Obviously we’re looking for a fast break no matter what defense we’re in, but this was the first game I was able to press.”

Early in the third Bear Lake was able to put on the running clock after two free throws from Joeb Reed made the game 52-11 with 2:20 left in the quarter. After that the Lakers were able to coast home for their first win.

Bear Lake’s Kaiden Hejl added 13 points and five assists and Trent Johnson had 12 points.

John Slivka led Catholic Central with seven points.

Brethren 76, Crossroads 73

BRETHREN — Brethren boys basketball won a barn-burner on Tuesday against conference foe Big Rapids Crossroads.

The Bobcats won 76-73 after coming back from a three possession deficit in the third quarter.

“We’re spreading people out,” Brethren coach J.J. Randall said. “If they’re going man, we spread them out and attack from there. With that we can push the ball and we’re getting better looking for fast break opportunities.”

Senior Kameren Danks led the team with 35 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, and 10 rebounds.

Brethren had points from all over in the game with Nick Kemler adding 18, Gavin Asiala had 11 points and eight assists and Caleb McWain had nine assists.

The Bobcats (2-1, 1-1) will be back on the road Thursday at Baldwin (3-0, 2-0).

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Posted by Brian Fogg

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

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