TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena boys basketball team is coming back home one more time.
The Wildcats won their 20th game in a row on Wednesday, beating Traverse City Central 55-36 in a Class A district semifinal game.
The win brings the Wildcats (20-1) back home on Friday to host Traverse City West in a district final at 7 p.m. A win gives them their first district title since 2008.
Alpena jumped out to a 19-5 lead to start the game and never looked back. Andy Marwede led the Wildcats with 21 points, Tyler Pintar added 19 and Cody Tucker had nine, six of which came in the first quarter.
"The first quarter was huge. Coming on the road, we got off to a fast start and that put us in a good spot," Alpena coach John Pintar said. "They put us in a good spot and put them in catch up mode. We knew that had that comeback effort (against Petoskey) on Monday, so we kept up our efforts on both ends of the floor and never let them get close.
Alpena led 33-15 at halftime and 45-28 after three quarters.
Jackson Schrameyer paced the Trojans with 10 points and Mitch Wynkoop added six.
The Wildcats had the added benefit of playing in front of a sizable group of Alpena fans on Wednesday. Alpena sent two buses full of fans to the game and as a result a good portion of the gym was cheering on the Green and White.
"We had an unbelievable crowd. It was like playing on our home court," Pintar said. "For all those fans to come over and give us that boost on a Wednesday was awesome."
Up next is West, a team that Alpena hasn't beaten twice already this season, but Pintar isn't overlooking the Titans at all.
"There's no doubt they're right there. We have a lot of respect for their ability," Pintar said.
Mio 71, Oscoda 32
OSCODA-Ben Lubitz led a trio of Mio players in double figures and the Thunderbolts defeated Oscoda 71-32 in a Class C district semifinal on Wednesday in Oscoda.
Lubitz scored 28 points, Bryson Devers had 14 and Seth Thomey added 11 points, eight assists and four steals.
The win puts Mio into Friday's district final against Alcona at 7 p.m. in Oscoda. A win there gives Mio its second straight district title.
Mio jumped out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter and upped its lead to 33-13 at the half. The Thunderbolts led 49-24 after three quarters and finished the game with a 22-8 scoring binge in the final quarter.
Akil Jones paced Oscoda with eight points.
Aaron Georgieff added 11 rebounds for Mio.