CADILLAC-The Alpena boys basketball team travelled to Cadillac on Friday and struggled to mount successful offensive pressure in a 57-50 loss.
"We played pretty rough the first quarter and Cadillac came out hard. They out worked us tonight for most of the game," head coach John Pintar said.
The first quarter saw Cadillac take a 21-13 lead. Alpena narrowed the lead to 24-20 at the half. Cadillac outscored Alpena in the third to stretch the lead to 42-32. Alpena outscored Cadillac in the fourth but not by enough.
Top scorers for Alpena included Luke Cordes with 15 points and Tyler Pintar with 10. Cadillac's top scorer was Jalen Brooks with 18 points.
Alpena's JV team won 42-29 with Dylan Hoes and Ryan Cadarette scoring 10 points apiece. The freshman team lost 38-30 with Toby Jones scoring 12 points and Mitchell Mead scoring eight.
Alpena falls to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big North Conference. The Wildcats host Cheboygan on Tuesday.
Onaway 80, Pellston 57
PELLSTON-The Onaway boys basketball team travelled to Pellston on Friday and overcame a slow start to beat Pellston 80-57.
"Our defensive was pretty lazy for awhile but we picked it up in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter. We started hitting a lot more outside shots on offense and it really helped us pull ahead," Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said.
The first quarter saw Onaway up 16-13 while the Cardinals ended the half ahead 38-30. Pellston narrowed the lead by one with a 51-44 spread in the third quarter while Onaway pulled ahead in the fourth to take a 23 point lead for the win.
Top scorers for Onaway included Chris Cleaver with 17, Rich Hoff with 13, Joe O'Bradovich with 11, Carlos Bautista with 10 and Andrew Perry with 10. Pellston's top scorer was Jake Friedenstab with 17 points.
Onaway is now 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ski Valley Conference. The Cardinals travel to Forest Area on Tuesday.
WHITTEMORE-The Alcona boys basketball team travelled to Whittemore on Friday and came home with a W in a game that saw high scores from Jared Steiner and Trent LaVergne.
The first quarter saw Alcona lead by with six with a 19-13 spread. The Tigers increased their lead by one at the half with a score of 30-22. The third and fourth quarters saw both teams scoring nearly evenly leading to a 61-53 victory by Alcona.
Top scorers for the night for Alcona included Steiner with 20 points, nine assists and nine rebounds. LaVergne had 16 points on the night. Whittemore-Prescott's top scorers included Travis McDonald with 17, Clay Loomis with 12 and Jens Gillings with 12 points.
This victory was Alcona's first in the Huron Shores Conference. The Tigers are 4-1 overall. They host Fairview on Tuesday.
Alcona's JV team also won.
Fairview 37, Mio 32
FAIRVIEW-The Fairview girls basketball team staged a come-from-behind victory against Mio on Friday to win a hard defensive battle, 37-32.
"We were down by at one point but we put on the press which gave Mio a lot of pressure. It helped us take the lead and keep it in what was a pretty back and forth game," Fairview's head coach Marc Winton said.
Fairview was down 5-4 at the end of the first quarter and 17-12 at the end of the half. Fairview outscored Mio 15-9 in the third to take a tight 27-26 lead at the end of the third. They out scored Mio by four to take a five point spread for the victory.
The top scorers for Fairview was Logan Winton with 14 points while Mio's Shelby Satkowiak scored 15 and Taylor Blamer scored 12 points.
This victory puts Fairview at 3-6 overall and 3-4 in the North Star League. The Eagles travel to Alcona on Monday.
Onaway 41, Bellaire 34
ONAWAY-The Onaway girls basketball team rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to pick up its sixth straight victory on Friday, beating Bellaire 41-34 at home.
Onaway (8-2 overall, 6-2 Ski Valley) trailed 11-9 at halftime and 25-21 after three quarters, but rallied in the final period, outscoring the Eagles 20-9.
"One thing the girls did very well was that they never stopped playing defense," Onaway coach Marty Mix said, noting that the Cardinals overcame some poor shooting in the first half, going 2-of-12 at the free-throw line ."Both teams are really good and this was a tremendous win for us."
Onaway rallied from an eight-point hole in the final minutes with a 10-2 run to take the game.
Mariah Ehrke and Temara Lupu led Onaway with eight points each and Erika Price added seven.
The Cardinals host Wolverine on Monday.