Portagers fall to Frankfort 51-31 in regular-season finale

Onekama’s Jayden DeWitt (center) flies to the basket during the Portagers’ 51-31 loss to Frankfort Thursday night. DeWitt led Onekama with 11 points in the game. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Jayden DeWitt (center) flies to the basket during the Portagers’ 51-31 loss to Frankfort Thursday night. DeWitt led Onekama with 11 points in the game. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA — Onekama ran into a buzzsaw in its boys basketball regular-season finale, falling to Frankfort 51-31 Thursday night.

The Panthers started strong, opening the game on a 10-0 run, but the Portagers fought back to made a game of it in the second quarter before Frankfort blew the game open in the third.

With the win, Frankfort (18-2 overall, 14-2 Northwest Conference) clinched a share of the Northwest Conference championship.

Jayden DeWitt led Onekama with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, all of them in the second quarter to help bring the Portagers to within two, 18-16.

“When we started out, we couldn’t buy a bucket,” Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford said. “We battled back, and I was pleased at halftime. Even though we started slow, we had a good first half.”

Trailing just 21-16 at the break, Onekama (14-6, 10-6) went into a 2-3 zone defense in the third quarter and Frankfort was simply happy to shoot over it.

Kirk Myers shared game-high scoring honors for the Panthers with 13 points, including two 3-pointers to start the second half on a 13-2 run and Frankfort cruised from there. Frankfort outscored Onekama 21-4 in the third quarter, and the Portagers were never in it again.

“They made all those threes, and we should have adjusted,” Bradford said. “Maybe that’s my fault, we should have gone back to man (-to-man defense), but they continued to knock them down. I give them credit, they hit the threes.”

Frankfort head coach Reggie Manville said that he was most pleased that his team held Onekama to just 15 points in the second half.

“It always starts with us on defense,” Manville said. “We knew coming in here that these guys have been playing well. This was not going to be an easy game, and our intensity started right from the start.”

Jaylon Rogers also scored 13 points for Frankfort, also draining two threes in that decisive third quarter, and Griffin Kelly added 12.

Onekama now turns it attention to the state tournament. They will host their district tournament, and drew a first-round bye. The Portagers will start their postseason against Mason County Eastern on Wednesday, Mar. 7.

“I told the kids, ‘Don’t hang your heads.’ We’ve finished one half of the season, now we have a whole other half.” Bradford said. “Records are out the window, and hopefully we got the bad shooting night out of the way and can take care of business next week.”

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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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