Bolts, Cardinals and Braves to play for district titles on Friday
MIO-Ben Lubitz had another double-double and the Mio boys basketball team reached the district final for the fourth straight season after a 67-25 win over Atlanta on Wednesday in a Class D district semifinal.
Lubitz had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunderbolts (13-9), who will play Au Gres at 7 p.m. on Friday for the district title.
Garrett Anderson added 12 points for Mio and Brian Price had 11.
Mio led 18-4 after one quarter, 40-16 at halftime and 61-20 after three quarters.
Austin Corbin led the Huskies (3-18) with 10 points.
Au Gres defeated Fairview 62-51 in the night’s other semifinal.
WOLVERINE-Four Onaway players reached double figures and the Cardinals cruised to another easy postseason win on Wednesday, downing Vanderbilt 80-17 in a Class D district semifinal.
The win advances the Cardinals to a district final matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday against Hillman.
Billy Moran led the Cardinals (18-4) with 14 points and scored his first career dunk. Morgan McLean added 11 points and Joe Sigsby and Keaton Brewer each had 10. Trevor Wregglesworth and Cameron Horn each added seven.
Onaway led 50-5 at halftime.
Hillman has ended Onaway’s season each of the past two years, including a district final win in 2014. This time around, Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak is hoping the Cardinals can turn the tables.
“Obviously, Hillman has been good all year and we know they’re a good team. We’ve been planning for this all year and we’re looking forward to it,” Szymoniak said. “We’ll look to move the ball and contain their speed and try to slow them down.”
Tawas 61, Oscoda 46
TAWAS-Bolstered by a fast start, the Tawas boys basketball team topped Oscoda 61-46 on Wednesday in a Class C district semifinal.
Tawas (15-5) led 16-7 after one quarter and was able to hold off the Owls the rest of the way.
The win advances the Braves to a district final matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday against Alcona.
Adam Moffatt led Tawas with 22 points and Parker Romberger and Kyle Costigan added 16 and 12 respectively.
“We jumped out to a big lead early and Oscoda just climbed back into it,” Tawas coach Todd Kaems said. “We struggled from the perimeter and our inside guys (Costigan and Romberger) were huge. Thankfully they stepped up.”
Tawas led 30-22 at halftime and 45-35 after three quarters.
Grant Huebel led Oscoda with 16 points and Jacob Pike added 13.
Friday’s matchup will be a rematch of last year’s final, which Tawas won. The Braves have already beaten Alcona twice this season, but Kaems knows it will be a different game the third time around.
“We played them twice, but it was early. I don’t think either one of those games were good indicators,” Kaems said. “They shoot well and they’re athletic. We’re different teams now.”