PREP ROUNDUP: Manistee Catholic boys rebound from loss, down St. Mary 46-26

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LAKE LEELANAU — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball improved to 5-2 overall, and rebounded well from a disappointing loss, with a 46-26 non-league win at Lake Leelanau St. Mary Tuesday night.

“We played really well at times,” Feliczak said. “We shared the ball, got a lot of nice looks on the inside. We were able to exploit the inside of both their zone and man-to-man defense.”

Austin VanAelst led all scorers with 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Kyle Mikolajczak had 10 points and seven rebounds and Preston Picardat had eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the Sabers, who blew the game open in the second quarter.

MCC outscored the Eagles (2-6) 19-8 in that frame, took a 27-13 lead into the locker room at halftime and cruised from there.

Feliczak said that Picardat’s ability to rebound from the guard position is a big weapon for his team.

“He’s been doing that all year long,” Feliczak said. “He’s averaging 8-10 rebounds a game, which is pretty impressive for a shooting guard or off-guard. Most of the time, rebounding is just out-working somebody and that’s what he’s doing.”

The Sabers get back into West Michigan D League action on Thursday, Jan. 11, when they travel to Walkerville.

Feliczak said that, after losing to Pentwater on Jan. 4, Tuesday’s win could provide some much-needed momentum for what is suddenly a big game in Walkerville.

“We didn’t play very well against Pentwater,” he said. “We needed a win to get back on track. We need a win at Walkerville if we want to stay near the top of of the league.”

Bear Lake trounces TC Christian

TRAVERSE CITY — Bear Lake picked up a big non-league boys basketball road win Tuesday night, rolling over Traverse City Christian 67-22.

Three different Lakers scored in double figures in the game, led by Kaiden Hejl and Trey Gilbert, who each had 19 points. Travis Johnson had a double-double for the Lakers (6-0), with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the game.

Bear Lake scored early and often, jumping out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter and taking a 45-13 lead at the half.

The Lakers used their patented full-court press to amass that lead, but also played well in the half-court when Bear Lake head coach Garret Waller pulled it back when the game was in hand, holding T.C. Christian scoreless in the fourth quarter with a 2-3 zone defense.

Despite the lopsided score, Waller said that the Sabres (0-5) gave his team a good test.

“They’re a young team, but they played hard,” Waller said. “It was a good, physical game tonight, and I think that was what we needed going into a much bigger game on Thursday.”

The Lakers will have a much shorter trip on Thursday, Jan. 11, when they get back into West Michigan D League action at county rival Brethren.

Lady Sabers routed by St. Mary

LAKE LEELANAU — Manistee Catholic Central is still looking for its first girls basketball win of the season after a 53-19 loss at Lake Leelanau St. Mary (7-1) Tuesday night.

The Sabers (0-5) found baskets very difficult to come by, hitting just 6 of their 32 field goal attempts and missing all 10 of its free throws.

“We’re going to get back in the gym tomorrow and get back to work,” MCC head coach Todd Erickson said. “That’s all we can do.”

Even in the tough loss, Erickson found something positive to take from the contest.

“We had good looks from the high post and the low post,” he said. “We finally got the ball into the high post, so that was better. That was positive, we haven’t seen that.”

MCC gets back into West Michigan D League action on Friday, Jan. 12 when it travels to league-leading Brethren.

Onekama boys destroy Mesick 61-28

MESICK — Onekama picked up a much-needed Northwest Conference victory Tuesday night, 61-28 at Mesick.

Everybody who saw the floor for the Portagers scored in the game, led by Bradley Novak with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Aric Hopwood score 13 points, and Taylor Bennett added 11 points and 9 rebounds.

“Everybody got in, and everybody did a great job,” Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford said. “When we’re moving the ball around and hitting the guys who are open we’re usually pretty tough to stop. We had some pretty good defensive intensity also.”

The Portagers (3-2 overall, 2-2 Northwest Conference) hit the road to face Leland in a key league matchup on Thursday, Jan. 11.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

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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