PREP ROUNDUP: Portager boys thrash Mesick, 3rd win in 4 games

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ONEKAMA — Onekama boys basketball rebounded nicely from a tough loss to Glen Lake Wednesday night with a satisfying 63-25 trouncing of last-place Mesick (1-11 overall, 0-10 Northwest) in a Northwest Conference boys basketball game Friday night.

The Portagers wasted no time, jumping out to a 24-5 lead in the first quarter and causing from there.

Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford said that his team was due an easier game.

“It was nice to get everyone in,” Bradford said. “I told the kids to come out with a lot of intensity, and we jumped on them early. Everybody got in before halftime, so they got a lot of playing time. I was pleased with the effort.”

Onekama (9-5, 7-5) had balanced scoring from just about every player on the roster, led by Jeremiah Torrey’s 12 points. Jayden DeWitt, Jacob Mauntler and Nick Falk scored 10 points each and Ben Johnson added 7.

Falk posted a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds.

Next up for the Portagers is another winnable Northwest Conference home game, against Leland (5-8, 1-8) on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

MCC boys down Crossroads 51-41

BIG RAPIDS — Manistee Catholic Central improved to 11-4 overall and 6-4 in West Michigan D League boys basketball play with a 51-41 win at Big Rapids Crossroads Friday night.

The Cougars (5-10 overall, 2-8 WMDL) hung in the game until the fourth quarter, when the Sabers finally put the game on ice down the stretch.

Three different Sabers scored in double figures in the game, led by Kyle Mikolajczak’s team-high 17 points and 8 rebounds. Preston Picardat had 14 points and Austin VanAelst added 12 in the game.

MCC committed a season-low 10 turnovers in the game, but head coach Mike Feliczak was even more happy with his team’s defense, which held Crossroads’s leading scorer Britton Angell to 23 points.

“We played solid defense, which is probably going to be our trademark,” Feliczak said. “And we closed out a close game, so we’re pretty happy.”

The win put the Sabers firmly in the top half of the WMDL standings, at 6-4 in league play, and they will have two key league games next week, at Pentwater on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and at home against Walkerville on Friday, Feb. 16.

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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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