PREP ROUNDUP: Lakers top Wildcats for fourth straight win

WALKERVILLE — The Bear Lake boys basketball team made it four straight Wednesday with a 68-49 West Michigan D League win over Walkerville on the road.

The Lakers (4-1, 4-0 WMDL) were led by Trey Gilbert’s 19 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. Zach Belinsky had another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds with three assists while Reagan Merrill returned from injury to chip in 11 points and seven boards, and Riccardo Girlanda also scored 11.

Bear Lake was down 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, but took a 32-23 advantage into halftime. The Lakers’ patented full court pressure gave the Wildcats fits in the third, as Bear Lake held the opposition to just five points in the frame for a 50-28 lead heading into the fourth.

“That was one of the things we talked about at halftime: that we wanted to clamp down defensively on them a little more,” said Bear Lake coach Garret Waller. “So, we came out in our full court pressure and had them rattled with a few quick steals right off the bat.”

Walkerville showed signs of life again in the fourth, scoring 21 points, but it wasn’t enough.

“We gave up too many points in that last quarter,” Waller said. “Granted, we pulled out of the press, but I still want to limit points, no matter if we have the game in hand or not.”

Bear Lake is set to host Pentwater this Friday with a 6 p.m. JV start time.

“We don’t have a whole lot of time to celebrate this one,” Waller said. “We’ve got some real tough ones coming up, including Pentwater on Friday. It’s getting nothing but tougher as we go, so I’m glad we’ve got everyone healthy at this point.”

Bobcats best MCE

CUSTER — Brethren boys basketball picked up a win on the road 69-49 victory over Mason County Eastern Wednesday in a West Michigan D League contest.

A comfortable early lead allowed Brethren (2-2, 2-2 WMDL) head coach J.J. Randall to get his reserve players some extra playing time and they fared well against MCE (0-4, 0-4 WMDL).

“We jumped out pretty early,” Randall said. “We only had a 12-point lead at half, but I was able to rotate in our bench a lot more tonight and get those guys minutes. Both the first and second team did a really good job and played hard.

“We were able to force (MCE) into quite a few turnovers and we played a little bit more uptempo,” he continued. “We’re starting to get better at that, too.”

Jacob Riggs led the Bobcats with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gavin Asiala chipped in with 17 points, five rebounds and four steals, Logan Tighe amassed 15 points and eight boards while Skylar Wojciechowski had seven points to go with a team-high seven assists.

The Bobcats have been improving with each game they play and Randall was pleased with the way the offense looked Wednesday.

“(The offensive execution) is getting better, but there’s still a lot to work on,” Randall said. “Jake Riggs and Logan Tighe did really well with the offensive rebounds and getting to the foul line, as well.”

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