LINCOLN-The winless Rogers City boy basketball team traveled to Alcona on Tuesday to try to break its tough losing streak.
Unfortunately for the Hurons, they ran up against stiff competition from the Tigers including Jared Steiner who scored 15 of his his team's 56 points in a 56-29 victory.
Rogers City coach Jesse Streich commented on his team's loss by emphasizing his team's lack of experience together.
"We have a team that doesn't have a lot of experience together. One of our guards is a senior with no varsity level experience. The more we play together, the more we'll gell offensively but right now we have a lot of work to do," he said.
The game started out slow for both teams with a flurry of turnovers.
Rogers City's Paul Wilbert scored first in a game that saw him score 15 points.
It was the first and last time Rogers City led the game.
Thirty seconds later, Alcona's Andy Cammack landed his team's first field goal to tie the game. Steiner dropped a second bucket a minute and a half later to give Alcona the lead, 4-2.
From there, Alcona took the game and ran away with it quickly. Rogers City struggled to mount an effective offense while maintaining solid defensive pressure.
Steiner was especially effective, making a lot of steals and hitting six baskets including a three-pointer to help his team pull ahead19-7 by the end of the first quarter.
Wilbert hit two more baskets for his team for his team but Rogers City's offensive stalled with three minutes left in the quarter.
The second quarter saw a continued pattern of play. Trenton Lavergne and Cody Franklin hit two free throws a piece to help bring the score up to 23-7. Dawson Forsythe was also very effective with two baskets as was Aaron Ritchie with two of his own.
Rogers City continued to play solid defense but simply couldn't get the ball to the basket in spite of some excellent breakaways by Chris Lopez. Lopez broke his team's scoreless streak by hitting two free throws with three minutes left in the half and a basket two minutes later. The half ended with Alcona ahead 33-12.
The third quarter saw a more effective offense from Rogers City but Alcona continued its strong offensive and defensive play. Steiner and Dustin Yokom earned plenty of steals but also turned the ball over.
Alcona coach Tim Somers commented on the high rate of turnovers in the game.
"They went to a 1-2-2 defense which we're not really familiar with and it's something that we're going to have to really work on mastering and getting under control," he said.
The third quarter belonged pretty heavily to Yokom, Lavergne and Steiner who each scored two baskets and played heavy defense.
Rogers City's John Belusar opened up offensively, hitting two baskets while Wilbert hit three of his own to help keep his team close. It wasn't enough to close the gap though as the third quarter ended with Alcona ahead 48-22.
The fourth quarter saw a slow down in offensive pressure from Alcona, who gave several of its bench players some time on the floor.
Lopez opened up some chances for his team by hitting two free throws and a basket while Wilbert hit his team's only trey, but Alcona's lead was too much to overcome.
Streich commented on areas his team need to improve.
"We got to boost up our offense and our half court coverage especially as well as our guard play. The guys had some good moments in the game but they have to get good at playing like that for a whole game if they want to win," he said.
Somers also felt a little reticent about his team's win.
"There were too many turnovers tonight. We have to do something about that because we're going down to Beal City this Friday. If we turn over down there as much as we did up here, it's going to be a short game," he said.
Alcona moves to 2-0 overall while Rogers City falls to 0-3. Alcona plays next in Beal City on Friday while Rogers City hosts Saint Ignace on Friday.
Alcona's JV team won 36-29. Rogers City stalled in the third quarter, scoring only two points while Alcona scored 10, giving Alcona the chance to take the lead 22-15.
Alcona (56): T. Lavergne 4-2-4-10; E. Hampton 1-0-0-2; C. Franklin 0-2-3-2; J. Steiner 7-0-0-15; A. Cammack 1-0-0-2; G. Norling 1-0-0-2; A. Ritchie 4-0-0-8; D. Yokom 2-1-2-5; D. Forsythe 3-0-1-6; C. Jamieson 2-0-0-4.
Rogers City (29): J. Belusar 2-0-0-4; P. Wilbert 7-0-0-15; C. Lopez 2-4-10-8; N. Hilla 0-1-2-1.