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PREP ROUNDUP: Hurons hang on to defeat Hillman; Alcona defeats Atlanta

HILLMAN — After a 31 point Rogers City victory over Hillman earlier in the season, Friday’s matchup didn’t come as easy for the Hurons, but they were still able to prevail, edging Hillman 44-38.

Rogers City held a one point lead after one quarter and led 20-19 at the half.

A big third quarter proved to be for the Hurons as they outscored Hillman 15-4 to take and 12 point lead, but the Tigers scratched and clawed their way back into the game and cut the lead to two with a minute to go, but Rogers City cashed in on free-throw opportunities down the stretch to close the game out.

“We lost by 31 earlier in the year so we definitely made strides and showed signs of improvement tonight which was nice to see,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “I’m impressed with the effort and the turnaround. I believe we’re heading in the right direction heading into the postseason.”

Nick Freel led all scorers with 22 points to propel the Hurons to victory.

Isaac Morrision paced Hillman (5-11) with 18 points and Brady Firman finished with seven points.

The Tigers play at Cedarville on Wednesday.

Alcona 52,

Atlanta 46

ATLANTA — The Alcona boys basketball team was tested on the road Friday night, but escaped with a 52-46 win over Atlanta.

The Tigers used a 20 point second quarter to take a 28-20 halftime lead and try to gain a little separation, but the Huskies battled all night, but fortunately for Alcona, the little separation it earned in the second quarter proved to be enough.

Atlanta trailed 38-36 after three quarters, but Alcona found a way to close the game out.

The Tigers were led by DJ Howe who led Alcona with 15 points. Aidan Wrobel finished with 12 points and Dominic Howe added nine points.

Zach Roux led all scorers with 20 points and ripped down 13 rebounds and blocked three shots. Aaron Cuzzort added 14 points, five assists and a pair of steals in the loss for the Huskies.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Alcona 58,

Atlanta 20

ATLANTA — The Alcona girls basketball team earned a convincing road victory at Atlanta on Friday, defeating the Huskies 58-20.

Megan Grove paced the Tigers with 19 points and Rachel Layton added 12 points.

“It was nice to get contribution from all of our players tonight,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “I thought we did a good job playing hard the entire game.”

Alcona will host Roscommon on Monday.

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