PREP ROUNDUP: Laker boys now 16-3 after big win over McBain NMC

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BEAR LAKE — Bear Lake boys basketball had to fight some foul trouble on Tuesday night, but the Lakers were able to pull away again McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

The Lakers were able to handle the Comets 68-54 to improve to 16-3 on the season.

Kaiden Hejl led the team with 37 points and 5 steals, but 32 of those points came in the first half. He picked up his third foul at the end of the first half, and NMC was able to make a bit of a run.

He sat for most of the third and a 43-30 halftime lead became only a 48-43 lead after three quarters.

“We had a bad third quarter. Obviously not having Kaiden on the floor meant that some other guys needed to step up and make it happen,” Bear Lake coach Garret Waller said.

Once he was back in the game the team was able to pull away to win by 14.

To go along with his big game, Trey Gilbert had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 assists, and Gary McBride had 7 points.

Bear Lake returns on Thursday at home against Walkerville (9-10, 6-7). A win on Thursday would clinch an outright conference championship, which would be its first in a decade. The Lakers are 12-1 in league play.

MCC boys overcome poor shooting, down Mesick

MESICK — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball keep building momentum with districts approaching.

The Sabers routed Mesick, 42-30 to improve to 14-5 on the season on Tuesday night.

Despite the win, it wasn’t the best of performances from MCC. The Sabers only shot 30 percent from the field, but were able to hold off the Bulldogs (2-17). They were also nine-for-26 from the line.

The one bright spot on the offensive end was Kyle Mikolajczak who scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds.

“We got the W. Obviously that’s what we wanted. We played pretty good defense on a team that basically wanted to dribble-penetrate,” MCC coach Mike Feliczak said. “They had a little team speed, and we handled that well. We were terrible from behind the arc. We shot terrible.”

MCC will be back on Thursday night at Baldwin (13-5). 

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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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