Lumberjacks on receiving end of blowout loss

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Alpena guard Jordan Baker (0) dribbles a ball while being defended by Mid Michigan’s Kareem Alaam (2) and Jaylen Rutherford (5) during the second half of a men’s basketball game on Saturday at Park Arena.

The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t have had a more frustrating start to its season.

The Lumberjacks came into Saturday’s season opener with expectations to improve in head coach Mark Jacobs’ second year at the helm.

Unfortunately, Alpena got off to a slow start and never recovered as the Lumberjacks were on the receiving end of a 111-49 blowout loss to Mid Michigan Community College on their home court at Park Arena.

Alpena fell behind by double digits five minutes into the game as the Lakers put defensive pressure on Alpena throughout the night and the pressure forced turnovers which led to a bunch of easy baskets.

After falling behind by double digits early, the Lumberjacks were unable to recover and amid Michigan continued to build on its lead the rest of the way as Alpena trailed by double digits for all but five and half minutes in the game.

The Lakers closed out the half outscoring Alpena 26-10 over the final ten minutes and took a commanding 57-28 lead into the break.

The Lumberjacks did all they could to try and get themselves back in the game early in the half, but Mid Michigan had answers all night and had no trouble collecting easy buckets and putting on a show with a handful of alley-oop dunks and cruised to a huge lopsided victory on the road to spoil Alpena’s season opener in front of its home crowd.

The lone bright spot for the Lumberjacks was the play of freshman Logan Guenther who poured in a team high 21 points on the night.

Isaac Hogsett and Tristan Smith each added six points apiece in the loss.

The Lumberjacks will look to quickly forget about its home opening defeat and will have time to make some corrections as they are off for nearly two weeks before traveling to take on Grand Rapids Community College.


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