TRAVERSE CITY-Despite a solid first half of play on Tuesday against Traverse City West, the third quarter did in the Alpena boys basketball team.
Leading 36-28 at halftime, the Wildcats were outscored 22-8 in the third period and couldn't recover, losing 67-64 to the Titans in a Big North Conference game.
"We played a really good half, did an excellent job and had an eight-point lead," Alpena coach John Pintar said. "As good as we played in the first half, we couldn't play much worse in the third quarter. We played good in the fourth quarter, but we gave away our lead and played from behind."
Alpena (8-4, 4-4 Big North) outscored the Titans 20-17 in the final quarter, but couldn't quite narrow the gap.
Luke Cordes paced Alpena with 18 points, Tyler Pintar added 11 and Brad Styma had 10. Jeremiah Williams led West with 23 points.
Alpena plays at Gaylord on Friday.
Alpena's JV team topped West 57-38 and was paced by Ryan Cadarette who scored 20 points.
Joe Ayala paced Alpena's freshman team with nine points in a 63-40 loss to the Titans.
Alcona 48, Rogers City 19
ROGERS CITY-The Alcona boys basketball team took a 26-2 lead after one quarter of play against Rogers City on Tuesday and cruised from there, beating the Hurons 48-19.
Trenton LaVergne led Alcona (8-3) with 15 points and Jared Steiner added nine points and five steals.
Paul Wilbert led the Hurons (0-13) with six points.
Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian 55
FAIRVIEW-The Fairview boys basketball team edged Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday 57-55.
Fairview led 13-8 after the first quarter and 24-21 at the half. Fairview led 36-30 after three quarters and Burt Lake outscored the Eagles 25-21 in the final quarter.
Hudson Szubelak led a quartet of Fairview players in double figures with 18 points. Austin Handrich had 11 points and David Haskin and Kasson Willobee each had 10 points.
Sault Ste. Marie 60, Alpena 49
SAULT STE. MARIE-Despite a 19-point effort from Christina Kollien, the Alpena girls basketball team lost its second game in as many nights, losing to Sault Ste. Marie 60-49 on Tuesday.
The Wildcats (4-11) trailed 44-38 heading into the fourth quarter, but cut the Blue Devils' lead to four a few minutes in. Unfortunately that was as close as Alpena got.
Our shooting was a little better in the second half. Playing back-to-back nights against two good teams, we played a good game tonight," Alpena coach Jenny Poli said.
Alpena trailed 29-19 at the half, but cut its deficit with a 19-15 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
Ami Millgan added 12 points for Alpena including three three-pointers and Jenna Talbot added eight points playing her first game in a week.
Logan Methner paced Sault with 17 points.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Friday in a Hoops for Hope pink game.
Morgan Allen led Alpena's JV team with nine points in a 55-33 loss.
Alpena's freshmen team lost 47-35. Caitlynn Dzuris led Alpena with 12 points and Mary Schimmel and Chloe Ferguson added seven points each.
Onaway 54, Forest Area 19
ONAWAY-Kallie Shimel scored 12 points and Mariah Ehrke added nine points and 16 rebounds as the Onaway girls basketball team trounced Forest Area 54-19 on Tuesday.
The Cardinals (12-4, 9-4 Ski Valley) built a 21-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Onaway led 27-5 at halftime and 45-13 after three quarters.
Megan Estep added 12 rebounds for Onaway.
Onaway plays at Pellston on Thursday.
Tawas 55, Gladwin 40
GLADWIN-The Tawas girls basketball team picked up its second win in two nights, topping Gladwin 55-40 on Tuesday.
The Braves (8-6) hit nine triples and took a 33-16 lead at halftime.
"We played really well. We shot the ball really well," Tawas coach Todd Kaems said. "It's a nice win and two really big wins for us, beating Standish last night and now Gladwin who was 12-2 coming in."
Ivy Schaaf led Tawas with 18 points.
The Braves led 46-23 after three quarters and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Gladwin who outscored Tawas 17-9 in the final quarter.
Tawas hosts Oscoda on Thursday.