PREP ROUNDUP: Portagers pounce on Panthers, 70-65

BALDWIN — Onekama boys basketball had to battle down the stretch to pull out a win at Baldwin on Monday night.

The Portagers came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Panthers 70-65.

Baldwin (8-5) led 48-47 going into the fourth quarter, but Onekama (8-4) put on a little bit more pressure to secure the win.

“We kind of picked up the tempo and pushed the ball a little bit more. We picked up the pressure. We gave a little full-court pressure and got them going a little quicker than they wanted,” Onekama coach Nathan Bradford said.

“We finally started boxing out a little better and rebounding the basketball. For a little while they were hustling and they are pretty athletic. We had to get a body on them. We rebounded the ball a little better.”

Early in the game Taylor Bennett gave the Panthers some matchup issues and provided Onekama a lift.

Bennett finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

“Taylor did a good job. He had 12 points in the first half. He gave us a big lift,” Bradford said.

In addition to the big night from Bennett, four other Portagers had double-digit totals.

Jayden DeWitt had 11 points and 3 assists, Jeremiah Torrey had 10 points and 4 rebounds, Ben Acton had 11 points, Jacob Mauntler had 10 points 6 rebounds, and Nick Falk had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Onekama will be back on Wednesday at home against Glen Lake (12-1, 9-1).

MCC girls lose sixth-straight game

WALKERVILLE — Manistee Catholic girls basketball couldn’t stop the losing streak on Monday night at Walkerville.

The Sabers (1-12, 0-9) fell 54-43 on the road against Walkerville (7-8, 6-4), but the 43 points was a season-high total.

Even with the loss it was the first time MCC has scored more than 40 points. The team shot 40 percent from the field, but despite shooting the ball well they still finished with 28 turnovers.

The turnovers and the 17 fouls on the team helped the Wildcats take an early lead. Walkerville led 32-21 at the half, and stayed up by about the margin for the game.

Rylee Feliczak led the team with 17 points and 9 rebounds, Nicole Kaminski had 11 points and 5 assists, and Liz Nelson had 8 points.

Manistee Catholic Central will be back on Thursday at Pentwater (10-5, 8-1).

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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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