MCC holds on to top Baldwin in league play

MANISTEE — The Manistee Catholic Central boys basketball team jumped ahead early, but had to hold on late against Baldwin on Monday for an eventual 54-46 West Michigan D League victory.

“We got up on them early and basically had our way in the first half,” said MCC coach Mike Feliczak, “but I think we hit a natural letdown in the second.

“In a game like that, you can’t let your guard down,” he added. “But overall, it’s a win and we’ll always take those.”

The Sabers (12-5, 12-3 WMD) jumped on the Panthers (3-12, 3-11 WMD) early, taking a 21-9 lead into the second quarter and holding a 29-15 advantage at halftime.

The teams essentially traded buckets in the third, as MCC went into the final frame up 47-34. But that’s when Baldwin rallied.

The Panthers went on a 17-7 run down the stretch, but the Sabers were able to hold on for the win.

MCC’s Preston Picardat led the way with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists while teammate Kyle Mikolajczak also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Brayden Perkins added 14 points on the night.

Manistee Catholic Central turns right around with a game tonight in Walkerville, slated for 7:30 p.m.

Brethren beats Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS — The Brethren girls basketball team owned the boards Monday night, which translated to a 25-19 West Michigan D League victory over Big Rapids Crossroads.

“It was a good, physical game,” said Brethren coach Julie Riggs, “and my girls did an amazing job rebounding tonight.”

The Bobcats (3-11, 3-9 WMD) grabbed over twice as many boards as the Cougars (1-13, 1-10 WMD) did, out-rebounding the opposition 47-21.

“We started out man-to-man, but fell back into a 2-3 zone,” Riggs explained, “because we knew if we could take care of the paint — with the height that we have — we could force them into some outside shots and grab those boards.”

Brethren’s Whitney Danks finished the game with eight points and eight boards, while teammates Heidi Lewis scored seven to go with 12 rebounds, Kaia Richardson had four points and seven boards, Kylah Fischer scored four, and Eleni Guenther added 12 rebounds to go with two points and three assists.

The Bobcats left Big Rapids Crossroads with a clean sweep Monday, as the junior varsity team also won, 36-13, as did Brethren’s eighth grade and sixth/seventh grade girls teams.

The varsity Bobcats next see action on Wednesday night when they host Bear Lake.

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