Ferris men, women win on the road

SAULT STE. MARIE — Ferris State’s men’s basketball team rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Lake Superior State 64-58 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs trailed throughout the majority of the game before taking the lead with under two minutes to go.

Kenny Brown led the Bulldogs with 21 points, including a 4-of-6 performance from 3-point range. Senior Jerrell Sanders chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds, while Daniels Sutherlin added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Ferris State outscored LSSU 39-27 in the second half in improving to 8-5 overall and 5-1 in GLIAC play.

Ferris State shot 42.9 percent from the field, while LSSU shot 42.6 percent. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Lake Superior State 37-30.

LSSU was led by Kyle Hunt with 21 points, while Derek Billing added 11 points.

The Bulldogs will hit the road again at 5 p.m. on Saturday to take on Saginaw Valley State.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Ferris State 65, Lake Superior State 56

SAULT STE. MARIE — A balanced scoring effort aided Ferris State’s women’s basketball team in a 65-56 win over Lake Superior State on Thursday.

The Bulldogs outscored LSSU 36-28 in the second half after leading by one at the break. FSU was led by freshman Christina Branch, who scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Joining Branch in double figures were Nikki Arner and Kylie Muntz with 12 points apiece. Sarah DeShone added 10 points and six assists in the victory.

Ferris State shot 38 percent from the field, while holding LSSU to 26 percent shooting. The Bulldogs also held a 43-34 advantage on the glass.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 6-4 on the season, including a 4-1 mark in the GLIAC.

The Bulldogs will hit the road again at 5 p.m. on Saturday to take on Saginaw Valley State.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Crossroads 59, Brethren 48

BRETHREN — Darrin Williams tallied 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in lifting the Crossroads Charter Academy boys basketball team to a 59-48 victory over Brethren.

Noah Balanda also had a strong night for the Cougars, scoring 17 points and recording 19 rebounds. CCA is now 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the West Michigan D League.

The game remained close throughout with the Cougars holding a 28-27 halftime advantage and 39-38 lead at the end of the third quarter. They outscored the Bobcats 20-10 in the fourth quarter for the final outcome.

“We took good care of the basketball and handling their pressure,” CCA coach Jason Kostecki said and added the team had only nine turnovers. “Darrin and Justin (Thorne) did a good job of handling the ball and getting us into our offense.”

Crossroads is in action Tuesday when it hosts Bear Lake.

 

CROSSROADS 59, BRETHREN 48

Crossroads 14 14 11 20 — 59

Brethren 11 16 11 10 — 48

Crossroads (2-4, 2-2 WMD)

Travis Thorne 3 2-4 8, Darrin Williams 12 5-10 29, Aron Garland 2 1-4 5, Justin Thorne 0 0-1 0, Noah Balanda 6 5-11 17, Totals 23 13-30 59.

Brethren (2-5, 2-3 WMD)

Gary Lodin 1 3-4 5, John Cullar 3 0-0 6, Dylan Richardson 6(1) 0-2 15, Josh Riggs 1 0-0 2, Colton Powdbliski 5 0-0 10, Luke Richardson 1 0-1 2, Brian Peck 1 0-0 2, Andrew Sivet 1 4-4 6, Totals 19(1) 7-11 48.

Rebounds — Crossroads 35 (Balanda 19, Williams 12). Assists — Crossroads 14 (Williams, Garland, Balanda 3).

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pine River 67, McBain NMC 26

LEROY — Kassy Nelson scored 23 points and Jamie Justin hit for 22 as the Pine River girls basektball team rolled to a 67-26 victory over McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

The Bucks are now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Highland Conference.

“They packed it in the first half and we didn’t make anything,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “Kassy did a good job of getting on the boards and getting us second chance points.”

Hailey Raymond added nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bucks.

Pine River is in action Tuesday when it hosts Lake City.

 

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL

Chippewa Hills 34, White Cloud 18

REMUS — The Chippewa Hills junior varsity basketball team defeated White Cloud 34-18 on Thursday.

The Warriors were led by Cassidy Johnson with 12 points. Amanda Koepf added nine points, while Emily Starck added five points.

 

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