Oscoda advances to regional championship, Mio falls in semifinal

HOUGHTON LAKE — The magical season for the Oscoda Owls boys basketball team continues.

Oscoda put together another strong performance in Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal win over Beal City, defeating the Aggies by a final score of 51-33 at Houghton Lake High School.

The Owls got off to a fast start and never looked back.

Oscoda opened up a 15-6 lead after one quarter and continued to build as they took a 27-12 lead into the break.

The Owls never let up and cruised in the second half and coasted to a convincing win.

Oscoda remains unbeaten on the year, improving to 24-0.

The Owls advance to Thursday’s regional championship game at 7 p.m. in Houghton Lake.

Oscoda will face its toughest challenge to date as they square off against Sanford Meridian who enters with a 22-1 record and blew past Manton 80-56 in the first regional semifinal game of the night.

Fulton 53,

Mio 42

KINGSTON — The highly anticipated season for the Mio boys basketball team came to an end on Tuesday as the Thunderbolts came up short in a Division 4 regional semifinal game, losing to Fulton by a score of 53-42 at Kingston High School.

Fulton entered with an 11-10 record, but found a way to limit the Thunderbolts.

After reaching the regional championship a season ago with a young group, expectations were high this year for the Thunderbolts who finished the year with an 18-5 record and fell short of reaching back-to-back regional title games, despite returning much of their roster from last year.

The loss for Mio will sting after falling short of expectations under head coach Ty McGregor who returned to the program after stepping away for a few years.

The Thunderbolts likely won’t be going away as they will return one of the area’s top players in Drew Hess who will be back next year for his junior season as Mio will have the goal of claiming a third straight district title next year, with hopes of advancing further in the postseason.