Manistee boys end losing streak, down Lake City 56-46 Tuesday night

Manistee’s Shane Harrigan (50) fights to the rim during the Chippewas’ 59-49 win over Lake City Tuesday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Shane Harrigan (50) fights to the rim during the Chippewas’ 59-49 win over Lake City Tuesday night. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee snapped a four-game losing streak and gained a measure of confidence in a comprehensive 56-46 home win over Lake City Tuesday night.

The game may have been a non-league tilt against a Class D opponent, but it was still a much-needed win for the Chippewas (5-9) after falling flat against woeful Orchard View last Friday and a huge game against Ludington this coming Friday.

“We were still a little bitter from Friday night’s game,” Manistee head coach Dan Gustad said. “We let our composure slip away and it cost us in that game. We wanted to get back on the floor and get that taste out of our mouths, and we did a great job of taking care of business tonight.”

Jack Sandstedt led the way, leading the team in both points (15) and rebounds (9) in the game, which Manistee never trailed.

Sandstedt scored 10 of his points in the first half, starting with two fast-break layups that helped the Chippewas open up a quick 6-0 lead.

Lake City (4-8) clawed back to within a single point, 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Keaton Connell opened the second with 3-point trips of both varieties, a long bomb 15 seconds into the quarter, and then an old-fashioned “and-1” 3-point play a minute later to give the Chippewas a bit of breathing room.

Sandstedt drained Manistee’s only other 3-point basket to open up the first double-digit lead of the game, 25-15 with 3:11 left in the second quarter, and the Chippewas took a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Lake City never really threatened again.

Manistee did not shoot particularly well, but controlled the game with defense and rebounding.

“Our defensive intensity dictated the game the entire night,” Gustad said. “We didn’t shoot the ball real well, we didn’t take care of the ball very well, but our defense stepped up on every possession that we needed to.”

Matthew Holt scored a game-high 19 points for the Trojans (4-8), but Gustad said that he was happy with how his team rebounded the ball when he and the Trojans missed.

“Especially on the defensive end, because the last couple of nights we gave up way too many second and third opportunities,” Gustad said. “If they didn’t make the shot, we were getting the rebound, and that was huge for us.”

Jacob Gustad finished with 12 points and Connell scored 11, despite a bit of foul trouble late. Elmo Sarabia led the Chippewas with 5 steals and 5 assists, and managed the game well from the point-guard spot down the stretch, when keeping possession was critical in holding the lead and salting away the game.

“We get a little ahead of ourselves,” Dan Gustad said. “We want to score, we want to shoot, but in that situation we did a nice job of keeping our composure and making them play at our pace.”

Next up for Manistee is a huge Lakes-8 contest against archrival Ludington on Friday, Feb. 9. Gustad said that he hopes to see a better outing from his squad than in their last meeting with the Orioles, a 75-36 drubbing back on Jan. 5.

“They always shoot the ball great against us, so we have to work on our defense and turn it up even one notch higher,” he said. “We need to continue to play defense the way we know we can, and challenge them a lot better than the last time we played them.”

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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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