Prep boys basketball: Hornets, Loggers roll to easy league wins
Pellston senior Zak Kruskie (left) and Gabe Nowicki of Gaylord St. Mary chase after a loose ball Thursday during a Ski Valley Conference game. (News-Review/Steve Foley)
Offensively, the Hornets weren’t too bad either.
Undefeated Pellston limited Gaylord St. Mary to just 17 points through three quarters Thursday as the Hornets rolled to a 68-24 Ski Valley Conference boys’ basketball win.
The Hornets are 6-0 overall, 4-0 league.
Senior Christopher Hass had a game-high 31 points along with six steals, five rebounds and five assists, while Andy Hamlin added 13 points, three assists; and Max Ketterer grabbed nine rebounds.
“Defensively, we know that’s where we have to get better,” Pellston coach Cliff Hass said. “We know as a team you can control your own destiny a lot better when you play good defense.”
Pellston’s defense was instrumental in building a 22-6 first-quarter lead, which grew to 42-15 by halftime. The Hornet lead was 61-17 after three quarters.
“I thought we actually started a little slow,” coach Hass said. “But we weren’t too bad from where we’ve been.”
Hass lauded the defensive efforts of his second unit, in particular Austin Wright and Ronnie Schlosser, who kept the Snowbirds in check.
“Austin Wright played really well defensively and Ronnie Schlosser as well,” Hass said. “Those kids as well as that second unit added a whole lot defensively.
“We’ve been also trying to emphazise rebounding and getting our hands up. We’ve been doing a better job of rebounding and pursuing rebounds.
“Offensively, I still think we can improve as well. We have a lot of kids who can put the ball in the basket and a lot of kids who can step up at any time.”
For St. Mary, 4-3, 3-1, Michael Stutesman finished with eight points.
Pellston won the JV game, 48-45, as Connor Kintz had 18 points, and Tanner Keller and Jarrett Anderson added 12 apiece.
Inland Lakes 62, Onaway 45
INDIAN RIVER — Inland Lakes outscored the Cardinals, 22-4, in the second quarter to seize control in posting a Ski Valley Conference win.
“We just kept pressuring the ball and in the second quarter we just buckled down and our pressure finally got to them and we got some easy baskets off of it,” said Inland Lakes coach Joe Mahoney, whose team turned a 9-8 first-quarter deficit into a 30-13 halftime advantage.
Dakota Davedowski scored 13 points, Josh O’Connor had 12, and Dustin Cochran added eight for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-2 overall and in the league.
Andrew Perry scored 21 points for Onaway, 1-3, 0-3.