Triples help Hillman defeat Cards in NSL tilt

WHITTEMORE–The Hillman boys basketball team found the stroke from beyond the three point line in Monday nights 72-58 North Star League victory over Whittemore Prescott.

The Tigers knocked down 14 three pointers, including five apiece from Brandon Banks and Andrew Funk. Banks led Hillman with 23 points and Funk added 20 points and eight rebounds in the win.

“We started great, but our defense could have been better tonight. We got a spark offensively and it was just a good old fashion North Star League game,” Hillman head coach Eric Muszynski said. “Our offense carried us, but we have to get better defensively because that’s what wins championships. Overall it was a good game.”

The Tigers jumped out to 22-9 lead after one quarter and it proved to be the difference as Whittemore outscored Hillman in the second and third quarters, but the Tigers were able to hang on for their second victory in as many games.

Kyle Colton led Whittemore with a game high 24 points. Dana Thorson added 18 points in the losing effort.

Hillman will be back in action next Tuesday at Inland Lakes.

Alcona 52, Mio 35

LINCOLN–Alex Stephenson scored 15 points, Antavius Mikazes added 10 and the Alcona boys basketball team won its fourth straight game on Monday after defeating Mio 52-35.

“I felt we started strong and played excellent defense in the first quarter but had some trouble in the third quarter defensively. Our offense needs a lot of work and we intend to improve upon it,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “Overall the boys played hard, we just need to keep improving our decision making on the offensive end.”

Alcona (4-0) jumped out to a 16-4 lead after one quarter and led 24-17 at halftime. The Tigers held a slim 35-31 lead after three quarters and ended the game by outscoring the Thunderbolts 17-4 in the final quarter.

Jordan Steiner added eight points for Alcona.

Oscoda 54,

Rogers City 40

OSCODA–Owen Franklin scored 19 points, Nathan Nagel added 14 and a big third quarter pushed the Oscoda boys basketball team past Rogers City 54-40 on Monday.

Oscoda (3-0) led 30-25 at halftime, but outscored the Hurons (0-3) 19-6 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead, despite battling foul troubles and injuries.

“We played hard (and) had our chances, but turnovers hurt us,” Rogers City coach Matt Ponik said. “Every time we made a run, we had a costly turnover. It was a much improved game for us though.”

Grant Huebel added 13 points for the Owls and Phil Grambau led Rogers City with 10.

Oscoda plays at Au Gres on Wednesday and Rogers City hosts Onaway on Friday.