PREP ROUNDUP: MCC boys fall at Baldwin 58-37 to end regular season

BALDWIN — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball couldn’t pull of the sweep of Baldwin on Thursday night as the regular season came to an end.

The Sabers shot 24 percent from the field while falling behind early to the Panthers and falling 58-37.

MCC (14-6, 8-6) trailed 26-12 at the half, and played Baldwin (14-5, 11-2) more even but it didn’t make a difference after the ice-cold start.

“We just couldn’t make layups. We couldn’t score in the paint. We had great looks,” MCC coach Mike Feliczak said. “15-for-62 isn’t going any kind of game. We got good looks and we didn’t finish. We are sort of in a scoring funk for the last three games. We have to figure that out in a hurry.”

The team was led by Kyle Mikolajczak 16 points and 4 rebounds, and Austin VanAelst had 7 points and 3 rebounds.

Feliczak thinks his team will need to kick it into gear in the next couple of days to snap out of the low-scoring games as of late.

“We’ll go hard. We’ll run our offense for what we think we’ll see against Walkerville,” he said.

“We’re going to have to scrimmage hard for a couple of days. It’s not really what I wanted to do, but we really have to go back and get a little more intense in practice.”

MCC will be back on Monday in districts against Walkerville at 6 p.m. The district will be at Onekama.

Brethren crushes MCE

BRETHREN — Brethren boys basketball continued to turn its season around in the second half with a 55-28 win over Mason County Eastern.

The Bobcats started slow, but improved to 8-11 and 5-8 in West Michigan D League play against the winless (0-18, 0-14) Cardinals.

Logan Tighe led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Gavin Asiala had 15 points and 4 assists, and Jake Riggs had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Despite the big win, Brethren coach J.J. Randall didn’t think it was the cleanest early on.

“The first half we came out like the team two months ago. It was pretty flat defensively. We were up 10 at half,” he said. “We missed a bunch of layups, but in the second half we came out and took care of business.”

Brethren will finish the regular season on Saturday at Baldwin at 6 p.m.

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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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