ACC men come up short in season opener

HARRISON — The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team opened its season on Monday at Mid Michigan Community College and came up just short, falling to the Lakers, 87-81.

“I was really pleased with how we played. Obviously we wanted to get the win, but Mid Michigan was a phenomenal shooting team,” ACC coach Mark Jacobs said.

Despite the loss in his ACC coaching debut, Jacobs saw a lot of positives from in the opener. The Lakers held a 46-36 halftime lead and held their largest lead of the night midway through the second half as Mid Michigan led by 18.

The Lumberjacks continued to chip away late in the game and cut the Laker lead to four with 10 seconds to go, but Mid Michigan capitalized on its free throw opportunities to hold onto the win.

“I was pleased with the effort. We wanted this win bad, but this is not a bad place to start. I think we definitely woke some people up tonight,” Jacobs said.

ACC was led by Michael Stuart who scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jameson Pierrelus finished the game with 14 points. Cam DeCaire added 13 points and Elijah Harris added 12 points. Demarcion Chilton ripped down 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.

The Lumberjacks will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Escanaba to take on Bay College.

WOMEN’S

BASKETBALL

Mid-Michigan 98, ACC 19

HARRISON–The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team dropped its season opener on Monday, losing 98-19 to Mid-Michigan Community College.

“The girls played well and they didn’t give up. They kept it going,” ACC coach Bobby Allen said. “Even though the score says something different, they played until the end.”

Morgan Allen led the Lumberjacks with eight points.

ACC plays at Bay College in Escanaba on Wednesday.