Mikazes lifts Tigers past Owls at LCA

DETROIT–Antavius Mikazes’ rebound and put back at the buzzer was enough to lift the Alcona boys basketball team past Oscoda on Saturday as the Tigers defeated the Owls 42-41 at Little Caesars Arena.

Alcona trailed by one on the final possession and off a missed shot, Mikazes grabbed a rebound and scored the winning basket.

“It was obviously a hard fought game by both teams that could have went either way,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “Being at the LCA for this game was an amazing opportunity. The chance to be on the floor where the Pistons play is pretty rare. (The) kids enjoyed themselves and i hope we can do it again next year.”

Mikazes led all scorers with 19 points and Alex Stephenson added 10 for the Tigers.

Nathan Nagel led Oscoda with 16 points and Grant Huebel added 14 points.

Alcona led by 10 in the first half, but stalled late and struggled in the third quarter against Oscoda’s guards. Alcona led 27-22 at halftime, but only scored four points in the third quarter and led 31-27 after 24 minutes.

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Oscoda 59, Alcona 49

DETROIT–Despite a 25-point day from Taylor Livingston, the Oscoda girls basketball team got the last laugh against Alcona on Saturday, topping the Tigers 59-49 at Little Caesars Arena.

Lauren Langley scored 18 points and Katelyn Etherton added 17 for the Owls, who led 15-12 after one quarter, 28-24 at halftime and 42-36 after three quarters.

“It was a good game that was close throughout.  I thought for the most part we played pretty good, but there were a couple of short stretches where we didn’t play up to our capabilities and it cost us,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “Give Oscoda credit–they played well and made some big plays when they needed to. We knew this would be a tough game and we knew it might take our team some time to figure it all out this year. We will be ok – We just need to keep working.”

In addition to Livingston’s big night, Megan Grove added 12 points for Alcona and Faith Wallenmaier had six.