Onekama rallies in fourth to top Benzie

ONEKAMA — Onekama boys basketball overcame three lackluster quarters to top Benzie Central 46-42 at home Wednesday in a Northwest Conference contest.

“The main thing, I think, was that the defensive effort was there,” said Onekama head coach Nathan Bradford. “A lot of intensity and hustling after loose balls. We picked up a little pressure full court and that made the big difference in the game — the intensity.”

The Portagers (5-3, 3-2 NWC) trailed 37-25 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored the Huskies (4-4, 2-3 NWC) 21-5 in the final frame to pull off the impressive comeback.

“We got a little more energy and a little more passion,” Bradford said. “The kids were down and the kids gave it everything they had. They wanted to come out and get the win. (Benzie Central) missed a few free throws down the stretch and we got some loose balls and capitalized on them.

“The nice thing we had in the fourth quarter was we had a bunch of different guys chip in and give us a basket here and there and that gave us a big lift.”

Taylor Bennett led Onekama with 20 points, two assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Wade Sedlar finished with seven points and seven rebounds, Aric Hopwood recorded eight points and three boards, Ben Johnson tallied five points and three rebounds while Ben Acton scored six points to go with three steals while just playing in the final quarter.

“This one is one we can build from,” Bradford said. “… If we come out and play like we did that fourth quarter, with the same intensity, we’re going to be a tough team to knock off.”

The Portagers next see action Friday at 7:30 with a NWC game at Suttons Bay.

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