STANDISH-Devin O'Neil's free throw with three seconds left proved to be the difference on Tuesday, giving the Alpena boys basketball team a hard-fought 57-56 win over Standish-Sterling.
The Wildcats (10-8) trailed by six at the half, but stepped up defensively in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Panthers 29-22.
O'Neil's free throw came in spite of a poor night of shooting by the Wildcats at the charity stripe.
"Defensively we really picked up our intensity and got some key stops," Alpena coach John Pintar said. "We had some chances to pull away, but we struggled with free throws."
Luke Cordes led Alpena with 18 points, while O'Neil had 11 and Tyler Pintar added nine.
Ryan Whitman led the Panthers with 17 points and Jonah Hinkley added 14.
Alpena will play at Petoskey on Friday.
The Wildcats' JV team won 53-27 over Standish and was led by Kaleb Smith, who scored 10 points. Brady Marwede added eight steals.
Alpena's freshmen team was also victorious, defeating Standish 55-23. Dylan Hoes led the Wildcats with 10 points, while Caleb Meyers added nine and Josh Bell had eight.
WOLVERINE - Hillman had a season-high 21 steals as the Tigers used a tough defense to dominate Wolverine 62-29 on Tuesday in boys basketball action.
Mason VanPamel and Jordon VanPamel had six steals each, while Tyler Banks added five steals to lead Hillman's defensive effort.
The Tigers (11-6) jumped out to a quick 20-6 lead after one period. The Tigers led 29-14 at the half and were cruising with a 44-19 advantage after three periods.
Mason VanPamel had 13 points, Banks added 12 points, 10 boards and four assists, Michael Olschanski had 11 points and Jordon VanPamel 10.
The Tigers also had a big edge in rebounding, 36-15.
Mio 47, Tawas 34
TAWAS-After three close quarters of play, the Mio boys basketball team pulled away from Tawas, outscoring the Braves 21-4 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 47-34 win on Tuesday.
Micah Thomey led the Thunderbolts (9-8) with 23 points and Bryson Devers added seven.
Spencer Ellis led Tawas (7-9) with 15 points and Jacob Salwey chipped in with six.
Tawas 64, Mio 44
MIO - The Mio girls basketball team held an 18-7 lead on Tawas after one period of play on Tuesday.
The rest of the night went the Braves' way as they cruised to a 64-44 victory.
Tawas went ahead in the second quarter, 28-23, and never looked back. The difference was Tawas's pressure, which caused problems for the Thunderbolts.
Shelby Satkowiak hit five threes and finished with 21 points for Mio. Jalen DeFlorio had seven. For Tawas, Abby Gentges led the way with 17 points and Kim Salwey 16.
Mio finishes the regular season at Hale on Thursday.