2018-01-08 / Sports

Kingston shuts down short-handed Devils

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Brown City’s Calvin Cook grabs a rebound against Kingston during Friday night’s championship game in the Holiday Tournament. 
Photo by Dale Ball Brown City’s Calvin Cook grabs a rebound against Kingston during Friday night’s championship game in the Holiday Tournament. Photo by Dale Ball BROWN CITY — A very good match-up in the boys championship basketball game did not evolve Friday night at the Brown City Holiday Tournament.

And, the Kingston Cardinals took advantage.

The Cardinals rolled to a lopsided 51-23, win over Brown City in the title match to improve their record to 5-0. The Green Devils, who were without Andrew Geiger, one of the top players in the Thumb Area, are now 3-3 overall.

With Geiger, a 6’3” junior post player, attending a family wedding, BC never could get in sync. The Cardinals, meanwhile, came out on fire.

After a 2-2 start in the opening minute, Kingston went on a 17-0 run and went on to a 22-4 lead by the end of the quarter. The Devils simply could not overcome the early devastation. They trailed, 28-9, at halftime and 38-16 after three quarters.


Putting a shot up over Kingston defenders is Brown City’s Matt Calabro in the title game of the Holiday Tournament at Brown City. Putting a shot up over Kingston defenders is Brown City’s Matt Calabro in the title game of the Holiday Tournament at Brown City. Anthony Troshak, Brown City head coach, just shrugged his shoulders on the lopsided loss.

“It was two extremes to start the game – they shot very well, we did not. They finished on the inside, we did not,” he remarked. “We dug ourselves a hole that was tough to get out of. They are a very good team, that’s well-coached and has smart players.”

The Devils’ Calvin Cook, a three-year standout, could not get on track with his shot from the perimeter, and there were no other answers from there.

Cook did finish with 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Cardinals had a big game from guard Evan Neff, who drilled four three-pointers in the first half and finished the night with a gamehigh 18 points. Kingston sank seven triples in the game, including four in the opening quarter.

Next in scoring for Kingston was Nathan Cloyd with 11 points.

Semifinals

Brown City 50 Cass City 37

The Devils upended the previously undefeated Red Hawks in Thursday night’s semis.

Brown City took command in the opening half, sinking six three-pointers and staking a 31-16 lead.

Jared McPhail, who had three of those triples in the first half, finished with 14 points. Geiger and Cook each had a pair of threes overall and finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Geiger also had 12 rebounds.

Coach Troshak said his team was jump-started by “defense and rebounding”, and, he added that the play of guard Matt Calabro was a catalyst.

“I thought Matt did a great job for us on Sandyn Cuthrell – he’s a solid player that makes their offense go.”

The Red Hawks had 10 points from Nick Perry and nine from Mike Ziegler.

In the other semifinal, Kingston rolled over North Branch, 66-53. — D.B.

North Branch

The North Branch boys’ basketball team edged out Cass City 82-72 Dec. 29 in the Brown City tournament, after falling to Kingston during the opening round on Thursday.

Cass City took a 25-21 lead after the opening quarter, but North Branch fought back to hold a 44-38 lead by halftime. North Branch then added a 19-18 third and a 19-16 fourth to take the win.

“We played Cass City tonight and we played better. We still had a slow start, but shot the ball well,” said North Branch coach Mike Snoblen.

Riley Bugg led the Broncos with a double-double, putting up 23 points and snagging 10 rebounds. Gerrid Rutledge had 17 points and five assists. Dylan Friday added 13 points. Adam Burrows chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds and Nathan Farnsworth had 10 points.

North Branch, 4-2, travels to Garber on Friday. — K.R.

Marlette

The Marlette boys fell to Reese 79-60 on January 3. Stats were not reported prior to press deadlines. Marlette was slotted to face Harbor Beach on Friday, but the game was postponed. Marlette will be at Memphis on Friday. — K.R.

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