2014-01-13 / Sports

North Branch clips Caro in TVC-East clash

BY SPORTS STAFF


North Branch’s Jacob Pasek (21) drives the lane against Caro at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Jan. 4. 
Photo by Kevin Gregory North Branch’s Jacob Pasek (21) drives the lane against Caro at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Jan. 4. Photo by Kevin Gregory AUBURN HILLS — North Branch’s boys’ basketball team played on perhaps one of the biggest stages it will ever see Jan. 4, when it went toe-to-toe with Caro in their Tri-Valley Conference-East game at The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons. The teams played for the second season on the NBA-regulation 94-foot court, about 10 feet longer than most high school floors, and in the NBA's largest arena, which has a capacity of 22,076.

The Broncos won the game, 71-62, and their firstquarter lead proved to be key. North Branch led, 18-6 after the initial quarter, but a battle in the second quarter had North Branch still ahead, 37-21, before Caro outscored them, 23-15, in the third. North Branch still had the upper hand on its conference foes putting up a 19-18 final quarter to seal the win.

Curtis Garza led the Broncos with 27 points, and no one else was anywhere close as Joe Schulte scored nine and Zane Studer and Josh Lopez each had eight. Zach Fish and Levi Deshetsky each chipped in with five points. Free-throw shooting helped North Branch’s cause with Garza and Schulte perfect at 3-for-3 while Brenden Olsen and Lopez hit 2-of-3 each and and Studer hit 2-of-4. As a team, North Branch was 74 percent at the stripe. -- L.P.

Raiders rally past Kingston at The Palace

The spaciousness of The Palace of Auburn Hills can be quite an adjustment in shooting for high school teams.

It did not affect Brad Schaub too much, though. The Marlette senior scored a game high 28 points on Jan. 6 as the Red Raiders came from behind to top Kingston, 55-52, in a non-league contest.

Schaub, a 6'5" guard/forward sank 12 of 23 shots from the floor, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. He also had four assists, five steals and six rebounds.

Marlette, which improved to 5-0 on the season, jumped out to a 22-13 lead in the first quarter with the starting unit on the floor.

Sophomore guard Andrew Storm followed in scoring with 13 points. Meanwhile, Connor Thomas, Ian Reagin and Matt Klein added some help on the boards by combining for 17 rebounds. — D.B.

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