Both Pellston and Boyne Falls completed outstanding regular boys basketball seasons on Thursday with victories.
Both finished 19-1 and look to what they hope are long runs in the state tournament beginning next week.
The Hornets defeated Cheboygan, 74-37, in a non-league game, while the Loggers rolled past Harbor Light Christian, 69-28, to complete a perfect run through the Northern Lakes Conference.
Pellston, which shared the Ski Valley Conference championship with Bellaire, is ranked second in the Associated Press Class D state poll, while the Loggers are ranked sixth. Bellaire, which is also 19-1, is ranked fourth.
Both Pellston and Boyne Falls host district tournaments beginning on Monday. The Loggers’ road to a championship would appear to be much more difficult than that of the Hornets.
Boyne Falls opens its district on Wednesday, March 7, against a good Central Lake team and, if it wins, it would likely face Bellaire in the district final on Friday, March 9. Bellaire handed Boyne Falls its only loss of the season, 51-49, on Dec. 13. Boyne Falls has since won 18 consecutive games, and barely been challenged.
Pellston is a prohibitive favorite in the district tournament at its gym. The tournament field includes Harbor Light Christian, Mackinaw City and Alanson, three teams that finished the regular season a combined 12-48.
Pellston’s lone regular-season loss came to Bellaire, 75-58, on Jan. 17. The Hornets have since won 11 straight.
Pellston 74, Cheboygan 37
PELLSTON — Christopher Hass tossed in 24 points and Andy Hamlin added 11 and 17 rebounds as Pellston rolled past the Chiefs.
Hass also had nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while sophomore Jarrett Anderson added nine points, and Ron Schlosser and Max Ketterer finished with eight apiece.
The Hornets led at the quarter breaks, 21-5, 47-15 and 66-25.
Ben Pearson scored nine points for Cheboygan, 5-15.
Cheboygan won the JV game, 59-52. Tanner Keller had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Pellston, while Connor Kintz and Austin Hamlin added 13 points each.
Boyne City 61, Cedarville 49
BOYNE CITY — Keegan LeBlance scored a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists, while Ryan Carson added 15 points and six rebounds as the Ramblers topped Cedarville, one of Northern Michigan’s top Class D teams, in their regular-season finale on Thursday.
“Keegan and Ryan played a smart all-around game tonight,” Boyne City coach Nick Redman said. “It was senior night, against a good opponent in Cedarville, and the seniors stayed focused and showed why they are the leaders in changing the culture of the program.”
Boyne City finished the regular season 14-6, its most victories since the 1997-98 season. The Ramblers open district play on Monday, March 5, against East Jordan, 5-15, at Charlevoix High School.