Forest Area defeats Bear Lake 53-48; Onekama loses to Buckley in other semi

 

Bear Lake point guard Trey Gilbert goes up for an acrobatic layup early in the Lakers’ 53-48 season-ending loss to Fife Lake Forest Area in the Class D district semifinals at Brethren on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Bear Lake point guard Trey Gilbert goes up for an acrobatic layup early in the Lakers’ 53-48 season-ending loss to Fife Lake Forest Area in the Class D district semifinals at Brethren on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — There were power outages early Wednesday at Brethren High School, but Bear Lake boys basketball certainly didn’t shoot the lights out in a district semifinal game against Fife Lake Forest Area.

The Lakers were upset by the Warriors after cold shooting resulted in them playing from behind all night in a 53-48 loss.

“We shot really badly. I don’t know why,” Bear Lake coach Garret Waller said. “We were getting looks, they just weren’t going in. We were missing shots in the paint. I don’t know how to explain it other than it’s just one of those nights where we weren’t putting the ball in the hole.”

Bear Lake (15-7) played without its leading scorer, Kaiden Hejl, who hurt his shoulder early in the week, and it showed as the team couldn’t manufacture any offense.

Early in the game Trey Gilbert and Trent Johnson stepped up on the offensive end with Gilbert dribble-penetrating and Johnson knocking down deep shots, but late in the first quarter the Lakers went cold. Bear Lake went roughly five minutes spanning the two quarters without a field goal.

The Warriors led 18-10 after the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Forest Area didn’t struggle with Bear Lake’s press like so many teams have done during the season, which created quick basket after basket.

“We were missing some assignments on that. We made some adjustments and pulled out of it for a little bit. I knew what they were doing against it, but we were gambling too much and getting beat on it,” Waller said.

“That happens, but we still have to put the ball in the hole.”

Forest Area freshman Chase Ingersoll got hot in the second quarter when he couldn’t miss from deep. He made three straight three-point shots to give his team an 18-point lead midway through the second quarter at 32-14.

The Lakers came back to finish the half on a 12-3 run started after Gary McBride and Joeb Reed began to attack the basket and getting to the line, while Johnson knocked down another three to only trail 35-26 at the break.

Johnson made another three to open the second half, but Bear Lake couldn’t find the bottom of the basket after that. The Lakers, who scored 46 points in a single quarter this year, scored eight points in the third quarter and they trailed 40-34 after three.

The Warriors gave the Lakers a chance to comeback in the third by only scoring five points, and they wouldn’t make the same mistake in the fourth.

Forest Area scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to push the lead back out to double-digits at 45-34 during another five-minute scoring drought for Bear Lake.

The 11-point deficit would be too much, as the Lakers rallied in the closing minute but it was too little, too late.

Bear Lake was led by Trent Johnson with 13 points, Trey Gilbert with nine points, Joeb Reed with eight points and four rebounds and Gary McBride and Travis Johnson each had eight rebounds.

Onekama bounced by unbeaten Buckley

BRETHREN — Onekama boys basketball may have been playing it’s best basketball of the season going into Wednesday, but it ran into a freight train in the district semifinals.

The Portagers (10-12) played fourth-ranked Buckley (21-0) for the third time this season, and the final result was similar to the first two. The Bears won 69-36 after speeding the game up with their guard play.

Onekama wanted to come into the game and slow the tempo down, and at times they were able to do that, but even then they never were in control of the game.

Joe McCarthy looked like he was off to another big game in the first quarter with seven quick points, but he also picked up three fouls in the first eight minutes.

Despite Onekama playing well in the first, Buckley’s Denver Cade and Austin Harris could do whatever they wanted to, whenever they wanted to, and the Bears led 18-7 after one.

“We wanted to slow it down a little bit and we did that early. The problem is that we got into foul trouble early. For the most part if was a physical game and that came back to bite us,” Onekama coach Nathan Bradford said. “Joe played well tonight, but not having him in there hurt us.”

Cade closed the second quarter with a 9-0 run of his own to put Buckley up 36-15 and from there the flood gates opened. The Bears continued to pile on to go on for a 33-point victory.

McCarthy led Onekama with 13 points and five rebounds and Jeremiah Torrey had six points and four rebounds.

“As the season went on we grew. The first half was rough, but we didn’t give up,” Bradford said. “We won six of the last seven before tonight. We were playing good basketball, but it’s just that Buckley is a good team. That’s a good team and you have to pretty much play perfect to win.”

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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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