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Slow start costs Lumberjacks in latest defeat

KALAMAZOO–Another flat performance cost the Alpena Community College basketball team a chance to win on Saturday.

The Lumberjacks dropped their third straight contest, losing to Lake Michigan College 72-56 during the Kalamazoo Valley Invitational.

Logan Guenther had 16 points to lead ACC (0-3), Isaac Hogsett had 15 points and Chris DeRocher added 13 points and 14 rebounds, but the Lumberjacks found themselves playing from behind again after a slow start.

“(This is the) third game in a row that we got off the bus and came out flat the first half. And for the third game in a row, we’ve played as good or better than our opponents in the second half,” ACC coach Mark Jacobs said. “As a coach, this is on me to figure out how we get out the gate at tip off. We need to put together 40 minutes of crisp, clean basketball.”

ACC’s women’s team fell to Lake Michigan 77-46 and ACC coach Bobby Allen said his team spent a lot of energy playing against Kalamazoo Valley on Friday.

“Playing back-to-back, we played real hard on Friday and it was like we were just stuck in mud (on Saturday). We couldn’t get it going,” Allen said. “But I was proud of them, they played real hard.”

Kyra Feighner led ACC with 12 points, Dakota Prevo had eight points and seven rebounds and Brooke Jones had eight rebounds.

Both ACC teams are back in action at Lake Superior State on Nov. 18. ACC’s team will play the Lakers’ JV teams.