Prep boys basketball: Hornets, Loggers roll to easy league wins
Pellston senior Zak Kruskie (left) and Gabe Nowicki of Gaylord St. Mary chase after a loose ball Thursday during a Ski Valley Conference game. (News-Review/Steve Foley)
Offensively, the Hornets weren’t too bad either.
Undefeated Pellston limited Gaylord St. Mary to just 17 points through three quarters Thursday as the Hornets rolled to a 68-24 Ski Valley Conference boys’ basketball win.
The Hornets are 6-0 overall, 4-0 league.
Senior Christopher Hass had a game-high 31 points along with six steals, five rebounds and five assists, while Andy Hamlin added 13 points, three assists; and Max Ketterer grabbed nine rebounds.
“Defensively, we know that’s where we have to get better,” Pellston coach Cliff Hass said. “We know as a team you can control your own destiny a lot better when you play good defense.”
Pellston’s defense was instrumental in building a 22-6 first-quarter lead, which grew to 42-15 by halftime. The Hornet lead was 61-17 after three quarters.
“I thought we actually started a little slow,” coach Hass said. “But we weren’t too bad from where we’ve been.”
Hass lauded the defensive efforts of his second unit, in particular Austin Wright and Ronnie Schlosser, who kept the Snowbirds in check.
“Austin Wright played really well defensively and Ronnie Schlosser as well,” Hass said. “Those kids as well as that second unit added a whole lot defensively.
“We’ve been also trying to emphazise rebounding and getting our hands up. We’ve been doing a better job of rebounding and pursuing rebounds.
“Offensively, I still think we can improve as well. We have a lot of kids who can put the ball in the basket and a lot of kids who can step up at any time.”
For St. Mary, 4-3, 3-1, Michael Stutesman finished with eight points.
Pellston won the JV game, 48-45, as Connor Kintz had 18 points, and Tanner Keller and Jarrett Anderson added 12 apiece.
Inland Lakes 62, Onaway 45
INDIAN RIVER — Inland Lakes outscored the Cardinals, 22-4, in the second quarter to seize control in posting a Ski Valley Conference win.
“We just kept pressuring the ball and in the second quarter we just buckled down and our pressure finally got to them and we got some easy baskets off of it,” said Inland Lakes coach Joe Mahoney, whose team turned a 9-8 first-quarter deficit into a 30-13 halftime advantage.
Dakota Davedowski scored 13 points, Josh O’Connor had 12, and Dustin Cochran added eight for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-2 overall and in the league.
Andrew Perry scored 21 points for Onaway, 1-3, 0-3.
Onaway won the JV game, 31-24.
Boyne Falls 74, Wolverine 34
BOYNE FALLS — Josh Puroll scored 22 points to lead four Loggers in double figures as Boyne Falls cruised past Wolverine in its Northern Lakes Conference opener.
Marcus Matelski added 15 points, Brendon Matelski had 12, and Logan Jenkins finished with 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as Boyne Falls improved to 4-1 overall.
Marcus Matelski led Boyne Falls on the boards with 14 rebounds, while Puroll had 13. William Miller came off the bench to add seven points for Boyne Falls.
Tyler McCauley and Seth Purgiel scored nine points each for Wolverine, which suffered its first league loss. The Wildcats are 2-3, 2-1.
Puroll had eight points and Marcus Matelski had six in the first quarter, sparking the Loggers to a 21-7 lead after one. They increased their advantage to 32-13 at halftime.
“Their game plan was to take away Jenkins,” Boyne Falls coach Tim Smith said. “They (Puroll and Marcus Matelski) had a good first quarter shooting the ball.
“Logan Jenkins played an outstanding floor game. He really distributed the ball well. Very unselfish. He got everybody involved and did a nice job leading.”
Harbor Light 60, Alanson 28
HARBOR SPRINGS — Daniel Klevorn scored 19 points and hauled down 15 rebounds Thursday as the Swordsmen downed the Vikings for their first win of the season.
“Been a rough start,” said Harbor Light coach Jeff Jakeway, whose team is 1-6 overall, 1-1 Northern Lakes. “It’s nice to see the kids starting to pick up on some of things we’re trying to teach. We have some young kids who are coming on. Hopefully we can continue this momentum into next week.”
One of those young kids is sophomore guard Kirt Muller, scored 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half when he knocked down three 3-pointers.
“Kirt really got us going in the first half,” Jakeway said. “He was set up for some nice shots and he drained them.”
The Swordsmen jumped to a 16-4 first-quarter lead and increased their advantage to 34-13 at halftime.
Jake Ellis added 10 points for the Swordsmen, while Klevorn also had five assists.
For Alanson, 0-4, 0-2, Eric Temple scored nine points, Bobby Sproule had seven points and eight rebounds, and Brandon Kuchnicki added six points and a career-best nine rebounds.
“We’ve struggled offensively all season,” Alanson coach Corey Geiger said. “We started out slow again this game and it’s hard to climb back into it when you dig a hole early.”
Harbor Light won the JV game, 31-20. Leo Ocanas scored 13 points and Caleb Wendt added five assists and was the Swordsmen’s defensive standout.
Mackinaw City 58, Ellsworth 53
ELLSWORTH — Jonah Robbins scored 21 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer — one of his four triples on the night — in the fourth quarter as the Comets won a tight Northern Lakes Conference game.
Noah Morse added 12 points for Mackinaw, which improved to 2-2 overall, 1-1 league.
Matt Barraw scored a career-high 23 points to lead Ellsworth, 1-4, 1-1, while Jake Seaney added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Ellsworth led, 39-38, entering the fourth quarter.
Charlevoix 56, Elk Rapids 30
Nick Plude scored 15 points and Shane Sutherland added 11 as the Rayders improved to 4-3. Marty Raymond and Adam Trautman scored nine points apiece for the Elks.
Boyne City 58, East Jordan 17
Zac Napont had 15 points and Maceo Vroman added 11 for Boyne City. For the Red Devils, Dustin Hejka finished with 12 points.
T.C. St. Francis 48, Harbor Springs 39
Justin Roberts had 13 points, while Logan Simkins added 12 points and David Walker had 16 rebounds for the Rams.
T.C. St. Francis 41, Harbor Springs 36
Shallon Grawey had a team-high 16 points to lead Harbor Springs, while Eva Zoerhoef added eight points.
Boys’ basketball: Petoskey 76, Harbor Springs 17
Theodore Tamm had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Petoskey, while Tom LeBlanc added 13 and Tommy Hendricks, eight. For Harbor Springs, Adam Cavit had 13 points.