Bear Lake’s Trey Gilbert fares well at state 3-point shooting contest

Bear Lake junior Trey Gilbert spots up for a three during the Lakers’ win over Baldwin on Dec. 7. Gilbert competed in the statewide 3-point shooting contest over the weekend. (News Advocate file photo)

Bear Lake junior Trey Gilbert spots up for a three during the Lakers’ win over Baldwin on Dec. 7. Gilbert competed in the statewide 3-point shooting contest over the weekend. (News Advocate file photo)

EAST LANSING — The top 20 3-point shooters from around the state gathered at Michigan State University over the weekend, and one of them is from Bear Lake.

Laker junior Trey Gilbert competed in the March Magic 3-point shooting contest as part of the festivities surrounding the MHSAA boys basketball state finals over the weekend.

Gilbert finished sixth in the competition, which pitted 20 players from across the state and from all four classes at Michigan State’s Jenison Field House on Saturday.

All 20 participants shot at least 50 percent from 3-point range during the just-ended boys basketball season to qualify for the event. Gilbert hit 39 of his 78 3-point attempts this year.

The competition consisted of three rounds of shooting 25 basketballs from five positions beyond the 3-point arc. The top 10 from the first round advanced to the semifinal second and third rounds, which were combined to find the top two, who faced off head-to-head at halftime of the Class A state championship game at the Breslin Center.

Gilbert hit 15 of his 25 shots in the first round, and combined for 28 out of 50 in the next two rounds, which was the sixth-best of the semifinalists.

“It was a lot of fun,” Gilbert said. “I didn’t do as well as I should have, as well as I wanted to do, but it was still great.

“It was a lot different than the Bear Lake gym.”

Bear Lake head coach Garret Waller said that Gilbert got to the contest through his dedication to the sport, which he hopes is an example in the community.

“He worked hard at it all year and all summer to be there,” Waller said. “I felt like it was a great thing for him, and his representing Bear Lake.

“Hopefully it trickles down to the younger players, and they say, ‘Wow, if Trey got to do it, maybe we should start shooting more, maybe we should start dribbling more, working on our game, getting together for pickup games.’”

Gilbert said that he hopes that his participation in the contest, and a guy from a Class D school finishing ahead of several players from much bigger schools, will get the attention of college scouts.

“I work really hard, and I think it’s really cool to be recognized as one of the top shooters in the state,” he said. “It means a lot, honestly.”

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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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