Lakers hold on against Falcons, win fifth straight

BEAR LAKE — The Bear Lake boys basketball team overcame a rough night from the charity stripe on Friday to win its fifth straight game with a 47-42 West Michigan D League victory over Pentwater.

“It was a real physical game, back and forth,” said Bear Lake coach Garret Waller, “but we shot 7-for-21 from the free throw line, which is really, really bad.

“It would have been a little bit of a different game if we could have had some more of those go in, so we definitely have to get that figured out.”

All of the Lakers’ points came from just four players Friday as Trey Gilbert led the way with 21 points and five rebounds. Bradley Novak added 18 points and nine boards, Riccardo Girlanda scored five with three assists and Zach Belinsky netted three to go with seven rebounds, despite battling foul trouble most of the night.

Bear Lake (5-1, 5-0 WMD) trailed 14-9 after the first quarter and faced a 22-17 deficit at halftime. The Lakers took control in the third and kept the Falcons at bay through the fourth.

“We outscored them 15-4 in the third quarter to finally pull ahead a little bit,” Waller said. “We clamped down on defense a little bit more and were able to grind it out. I was happy defensively — holding them to 42 — but offensively, I was not.

“I was thrilled to get another conference win though. We’ll just keep working on some things and keep moving forward.”

Onekama cruises past Buckley

ONEKAMA — The Onekama boys basketball team got right back to its winning ways Friday night with a comfortable 65-46 Northwest Conference victory over Buckley.

The Portagers were led by Ben Acton’s double-double — 17 points and 10 boards — as the senior added four steals and three assists. Taylor Bennett chipped in 14 points and four boards while Aric Hopwood scored 12 points with four rebounds and Wade Sedlar added 11 points and five rebounds.

Onekama (4-1, 2-0 Northwest) bounced back from its first loss of the season in impressive fashion, jumping out to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter and never looking back.

“I told the guys to come out with some energy, because we started a little slow the other night (against Manistee),” said Onekama coach Nathan Bradford.  “We didn’t want to be afraid to push the ball up the floor, and I think we ran it a little bit better than the other night and moved the ball well to find the open guy.”

Sabers pound Marion

MARION — Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball moved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the West Michigan D League with a 55-27 win at Marion Friday.

The Sabers held an 11-10 lead after one quarter and led 25-16 at half. They were able to outscore the Eagles (1-5, 0-5 WMDL) in the second half to take the win.

“We didn’t shoot very well,” said MCC head coach Mike Feliczak. “We didn’t execute very well in the first half. We just didn’t play good. We didn’t play much better in the second half, but we did outscore them 30-11 in the second half.

“We turned up the intensity a little bit, but we have to play a lot better.”

Kyle Mikolajczak led the Sabers with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brayden Perkins had 12 points and Mateo Barnett added nine. Preston Picardat had a team-high 12 boards while John Slivka grabbed 10.

The Sabers next see action when they host Bear Lake Wednesday in a WMDL contest.

Bobcats fall to Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS — Brethren boys basketball lost a back-and-forth affair at Big Rapids Crossroads Friday, falling 71-65 in West Michigan D League action.

“Our bigs were pretty successful, we just had a lot of ill-advised turnovers,” said Brethren head coach J.J. Randall. “Too many turnovers. Simple things like not catching the ball.”

Logan Tighe led the Bobcats with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jacob Riggs chipped in with 17 points and 15 boards while Gavin Asiala finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

With the loss, Brethren falls to 2-3 both overall and in the conference.

“When we executed our offense, Crossroads couldn’t guard us, but the problem was we sometimes didn’t want to run through the offense,” Randall said. “It allowed Crossroads to get in transition and that’s where they were very successful.”

The Bobcats missed 16 free throws on the night.

Brethren next sees action Wednesday when they host Marion at 7:30 p.m.

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