Linseman’s hustle sparks Hillman in win

ATLANTA–For the first time in over a month, the Hillman boys basketball team got back in the win column.

Nic Taratuta had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Tigers defeated Atlanta 58-24 on Tuesday.

The win was Hillman’s first since Dec. 20 and ended a six-game losing streak.

Hillman (4-8, 2-6 North Star League) led 25-18 at halftime and pulled away with strong play in the second half.

Hillman coach Eric Muszynski credited Fisher Linseman with providing the spark his team needed to pull out the win.

Linseman finished the game with four points, nine rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.

“He was an Energizer Bunny for us tonight,” Muszynski said. “He brought a lot of energy and really got us going.”

Hillman overcame poor shooting in the first half, making just nine shots from the field.

Zach Roux and Manny Diaz each led Atlanta with six points. The Huskies stayed with Hillman in the first half, but eventually mental mistakes and foul trouble caught up with them.

“We came out strong in the first half and played right with them,” Atlanta coach Kevin Haren said. “(In the second half) we had mental mistakes and couldn’t get a basket.”

Atlanta will play at Au Gres on Wednesday and Hillman hosts Mio on Wednesday.

Oscoda 53, Tawas 37

TAWAS–Brayden Mallak scored 17 points, Owen Franklin added 12 and the Oscoda boys basketball team ran its record to 15-0 on Tuesday with a 53-37 win.

Jacob Post added 10 points for the Owls and Dillon Mochty led Tawas with 14.

Oscoda plays at Rogers City on Friday.

Mio 36, Rogers City 26

MIO–Brennon Mills scored 11 points, River Waisanen added 10 and the Mio boys basketball team did just enough to hold off Rogers City on Tuesday for a 36-26 win.

Mio (12-3, 8-2 North Star League) led 9-7 after one quarter, 17-11 at halftime and 26-16 after three quarters.

Rogers City (10-5, 4-5 NSL) stayed with Mio for three quarters, but a low-scoring second quarter (four points) ultimately cost the Hurons.

Ethan Hincka and J.D. Ellenberger led Rogers City with seven points each and Nick Freel added six.

Mio plays at Hillman on Wednesday. Rogers City hosts Oscoda on Friday.

Alcona 66,

Whittemore-Prescott 56

LINCOLN–Damion Stewart scored 19 points and the Alcona boys basketball team earned a win in its first game in almost two weeks, beating Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday at home, 66-56.

Alcona (7-6, 6-3 North Star League) led 15-13 after one quarter and went on a 17-4 run in the second quarter to take a 32-17 halftime lead.

That run proved crucial after Whittemore kept pace with Alcona in the third quarter and outscored the Tigers 26-17 in the fourth quarter.

“Considering we were off 13 days, I was very happy with the boys effort and execution. We shared the basketball and had good minutes from our bench,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “It was nice to have a game where everybody got in and played. Dominic (Howe) played well and Josh (Kilbourn) did a nice job of running our offense.”

Antavius Mikazes added 11 points for Alcona, Hunter Clark had 10, Howe had eight and Kilbourn and Aidan Wrobel each had six.

Dana Thorson led Whittemore with 30 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with six three-pointers and was 8-of-9 from the free throw line.Alcona plays at Mio on Friday.

Posen 67,

Au Gres 37

POSEN–The Posen boys basketball team earned a convincing victory over Au Gres on Tuesday, defeating the Wolverines by a final score of 67-37.

Jared Sharpe nearly outscored Au Gres by himself as the sharpshooting senior poured in a game-high 33 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Jeremy Misiak finished with 18 points and six steals, Eyan Hincka collected nine points and seven rebounds and Mark Wisniewski dished out seven assists in the victory for Posen.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Onaway 55, Inland Lakes 48

INDIAN RIVER–Calley Selke scored 20 points and made 6-of-7 free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Onaway girls basketball team get by Indian River Inland Lakes 55-48 on Tuesday.

Kennedy Crawford added 16 points for the Cardinals Onaway (8-4, 7-2 Ski Valley Conference), who led 26-24 at halftime and 36-35 after three quarters.

Onaway eventually pulled out the win after outscoring the Bulldogs 19-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We struggled in the first two quarters, but we did enough to keep us in the game,” Onaway coach John George said. “Down the stretch we were able to make some key shots to put the game away.”

Onaway hosts Fife Lake Forest Area on Wednesday.

Posen 52, Au Gres 26

POSEN–Brooke Ciarkowski scored 17 points, Riley Krajniak scored a career-high 15 points and the Posen girls basketball team got back to the .500 mark with a 52-26 win over Au Gres on Tuesday.

Playing its first game in nearly two weeks, Posen (7-7, 6-4 North Star League) led 9-5 after one quarter and 23-14 at halftime, using some late first half runs to pull ahead.

Madison Menzel added 10 points for Posen in the win.

“We shook off some early rust from not playing in 12 days and had some real nice runs at the end of the first half,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said. “Riley played the best game of her career. She was really good with the ball and did a good job dishing out to her teammates.”

Posen outscored the Wolverines 10-7 in the third quarter and 19-7 in the fourth quarter.

Posen plays at Atlanta on Friday in a girls/boys doubleheader.

Hillman JV 52, Atlanta 12

ATLANTA–The Atlanta girls basketball team had a rough night on Tuesday, losing to Hillman’s JV team 52-12.

Tanaysja Tidwell had five points and three steals for Atlanta (3-10). Jordan Kobielus added five points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Atlanta plays at Au Gres on Wednesday.