PREP ROUNDUP: Onekama boys start slow, down Leland 58-36

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LELAND — Onekama picked up a big Northwest Conference boys basketball win, and a gained a measure of confidence, defeating Leland 58-36 Thursday night.

Four different Portagers scored in double figures in the game, led by Nick Falk’s 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jacob Mauntler had 13 points, Jeremiah Torrey scored 11 points and pulled down 8 boards and Aric Hopwood added 10 points in the game, in which Onekama took a little while to get going.

Onekama (4-2 overall, 3-2 Northwest Conference) led by just two, 10-8 going into the second quarter, and 28-17 at the half.

But they came out firing after the break, outscoring the Comets (3-3, 0-3) 18-10 in the third quarter and cruised from there.

Aside from the slow start, Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford liked what he saw in the game.

“I don’t know if it was the long bus ride, not having school, or what,” Bradford said. “Once we got clicking in the second half we got a little bit of cushion. The guys took care of business and finished the deal.”

Bradford said that his team shared the basketball well, but it was their defense that provided the spark.

“We held them down,” he said. “We got a couple of steals to get the ball going to the basket. Then we hit a couple of threes, and that definitely got the offense going.”

After three straight road games, Onekama will come home for their next one, hosting Suttons Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Sabers fall 57-47 at Walkerville

WALKERVILLE — Manistee Catholic Central dropped its second straight West Michigan D League boys basketball contest, 57-47 at Walkerville Thursday night.

The Sabers (5-3 overall, 2-3 WMDL) dug themselves an early hole out of which they could not climb.

Walkerville (3-4, 2-2) jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and took a commanding 38-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. MCC “won” the last two quarters, but the damage had been done.

Sabers head coach Mike Feliczak said that the loss was an especially disappointing one.

“We just laid an egg in the first half,” Feliczak said. “We didn’t bring enough effort on either end of the floor to keep it close in the first half.”

MCC cut the deficit to just five points with three minutes left in the third quarter, but the Wildcats ended the third on an 8-0 run and kept the Sabers at arm’s length from there.

Kyle Mikolajczak led the Sabers with 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds and Austin VanAelst had 9 points in the game.

MCC will be back in action at home on Tuesday, Jan. 16 as part of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader against the Traverse City Bulldogs homeschool team.

Onekama skiers take third

THOMPSONVILLE — Onekama boys skiing finished in third on Wednesday in the second meet of the season.

The boys finished with a team score of 83, with a 41 in the giant slalom and a 42 in the slalom. Benzie won the boys event with a total score of 44.

Keagan Thomas led the team again in the giant slalom with a second-place finish with a two-run time of 41.80. He was only .05 seconds off of first place. Joe Buswinka finished fourth in the giant slalom at 42.57, Briten VanVoorst was 16th at 55.74 and Colin VanVoorst was 19th at 56.55.

In the slalom Thomas finished third at 54.40, Buswinka was fourth at 54.60, Colin VanVoorst was 16th at 1:18.29 and Birten VanVoorst was 19th at 1:23.94.

The Onekama girls didn’t have the numbers to field a team score in the meet. Mt. Pleasant won the girls meet with a total team score of 40.

Riley Drilling was the only Portager to record a time while she finished third in the giant slalom at 44.30, and she also finished third in the slalom at 58.22.

She was the only Onekama girl to record a time on Wednesday.

The team will be back on Tuesday at Caberfae at 10 a.m.

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