PREP ROUNDUP: Bear Lake boys still unbeaten, trample Mason County Eastern, 83-47

CUSTER — Bear Lake boys basketball continued to roll on Thursday night with another blowout win in West Michigan D League play.

The Lakers nearly ran Mason County Eastern out of the gym with an 83-47 win.

The pressure defense gave the Cardinals trouble, giving Bear Lake a 65-23 lead at the halftime break.

“After a day of no practice and no school today, I was concerned that they were going to come out slow, but we didn’t. We put 33 on the board in the first quarter and 32 in the second,” Bear Lake coach Garret Waller said.

The Lakers were led by Trey Gilbert with 25 points and 5 steals, Kaiden Hejl had 13 points and 8 assists, Reagan Merrill had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Gary McBride had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

All eight players on the roster scored.

Bear Lake (3-0, 3-0) will be back on Tuesday at Marion (0-2).

Onekama rebounds with win over Kingsley

ONEKAMA — Onekama boys basketball logged a big win on Thursday night against Kingsley.

The Portagers, who were coming off of a blowout loss to Buckley, responded with a 65-40 win over the Stags.

“That was a big win. We took care of the ball and we put the ball in the hole tonight,” Onekama coach Nathan Bradford said.

“We came in Wednesday and did some shooting and a few drills to get the ball up and going in the basket.”

Kingsley (2-2, 0-1) was coming off of wins over Traverse City St. Francis and Elk Rapids, but it struggled defending Onekama in the game. The Portagers shot 51 percent from the field and 73 percent at the line.

The team was led by a big night from Nick Falk with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Ben Acton had 11 points, Andy Johnson had 9 points, Taylor Bennett had 8 points and 6 rebounds, and Jeremiah Torrey had 7 assists and 6 rebounds.

“We have a little momentum going after tonight. Hopefully we have a little confidence and we can hold our heads up high,” Bradford said.

Onekama (2-1, 1-1) will be back on Tuesday, January 4 at Maple City Glen Lake (2-0, 1-0).


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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