2018-02-12 / Sports

Cooks’ 37 sinks ‘Skins

Brown City needs two OTs for win
By Sports Staff


Brown City’s Calvin Cook goes to the hoop for two of his 37 points in the win over Sandusky. 
Photo by Dale Ball Brown City’s Calvin Cook goes to the hoop for two of his 37 points in the win over Sandusky. Photo by Dale Ball SANDUSKY — Brown City’s Calvin Cook came out on fire last Friday night and then, later, turned up the heat when the Green Devils needed it the most.

The 6-foot-senior guard/forward poured in a career-high 37 points, including 15 in the final six minutes in the Green Devils’, 55-47, twoovertime win at Sandusky.

The victory allowed Brown City to take over the sole lead in the East at 4-1. Marlette, Harbor Beach, and Ubly are all 3-2 and Sandusky slipped to 2-3.

The Green Devils appeared to be in charge and on their way to a convincing win at Sandusky’s Mark Hund Gymnasium. Cook’s 15 points helped give Brown City a 25-12 lead at halftime. The Green Devils still led by 11, 36-25, going into the fourth quarter.

The ‘Skins, though, suddenly came to life behind 6-foot-Josh Sauer and guard/forward Trenton Lee. The two seniors combined to score all of their team’s 15 points in the quarter. Lee, a junior, scored on an offensive rebound and put-back to force the OT. In the meantime, Brown City’s only points of the quarter came on a bucket from Cook.


Brown City’s Jared McPhail looks for an open teammate during an in-bounds play against Harbor Beach on January 31. 
Photo by Susan Morse Brown City’s Jared McPhail looks for an open teammate during an in-bounds play against Harbor Beach on January 31. Photo by Susan Morse In the first extra three minutes, Cook buried a triple with 46 seconds left to give the Devils a 43-41, lead. Sauer, though, tied it up moments later with a lay-in, to force another overtime.

Sauer quickly gave Sandusky a lead with bucket in the opening minute of the second OT.

However, Brown City scored the next 10 points, including eight from Cook, to put the game out of reach.

“We had to grind it out,” said Brown City coach Anthony Troshak. “We struggled a bit on offense in the third and fourth quarters, but found a way.”


Peck’s Zach Dudley uses the finger roll to slip in a basket Thursday night against Caseville. 
Photo by Sandy Engler Peck’s Zach Dudley uses the finger roll to slip in a basket Thursday night against Caseville. Photo by Sandy Engler The way, though, mostly was Cook, on the offensive end. Troshak added, “Calvin kind of willed us down the stretch.”

Tristin Pennington, Sandusky coach, was proud of his team’s effort, but said Cook was a difference, especially when Brown City needed him most. “Cook hit a huge shot in the second OT to put (Brown City) up by three. Then, they finished it with free throws late.”

While Cook also had nine rebounds, Brown City’s Andrew Geiger had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Sauer finished with 20 points and 11 boards while Lee had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Sandusky.

Brown City 44, Harbor Beach 42

The Green Devils tightened the East race on Wednesday night by handing the Pirates their first lost in division play.

Brown City did not take a lead in the game until Cook buried a triple to send his team on top, 42-40. After Harbor Beach tied the game, Geiger put in the game-winning bucket with three seconds remaining.

“I thought our guys did a great job of grinding, sticking to the game plan, and keeping their composure,” noted Troshak. “It was a good team victory with multiple guys contributing in a variety of ways.”

Cook led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Geiger had a double-double, 12 points and 11 boards and Jared McPhail tossed in six points. — D.B.

Pirates split NCTL crossovers

Peck stepped away from North Central Thumb League Stripes Division play last week and encountered two games, on the road, with Stars Division teams.

After falling to the Kingston Cardinals last Tuesday night, 41-30, the Pirates bounced back last Friday evening with a narrow 41-38 decision at Mayville.

Peck, which is 4-0 in the Stripes Division, now stands at 10-3 overall.

Against the Cardinals, the Pirates trailed by four, 29-25, going into the final quarter, but managed to score just five points in those last eight minutes.

Cole Hendley paced Peck with nine points and Zach Dudley added seven.

On Friday night, the Pirates rallied in the fourth quarter to slip past the Wildcats, sinking 10 free throws down the stretch.

Hendley again led the scoring with 16 points while Ean Sell dropped in 15. — D.B.

North Branch falls to Birch Run

The Broncos lost a tough match against Birch Run on Wednesday, falling 62-48. North Branch stayed close the entire game, but struggled to close the gap.

Birch Run took an 11-6 lead in the opening quarter and extended it to 26-20 by halftime. North Branch was outscored once again in the third, 13-11. Birch Run then closed out the game with a 23-17 fourth to seal North Branch’s fate.

“This was our worst performance of the year,” said North Branch coach Mike Snoblen. “We played with no emotion or energy. Very disappointed with our performance tonight.”

Riley Bugg had a double-double, putting up 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Nathan Martin added 11 points and Nathan Farnsworth had 10. Braden Kronz had seven rebounds and three blocks.

North Branch was at home against Frankenmuth on Friday and is at Bridgeport on Wednesday in a makeup game from December 13. — K.R.

George’s 28 lifts Red Raiders

Sophomore Bryce George was unstoppable Friday night for the Marlette Red Raiders.

The 6-foot-6 forward/center tossed in a career-high 28 points to help the Raiders to a convincing 58-40 win over Harbor Beach. The win left Marlette in a three-way tie at 3-2 in in the GTC-East. While Brown City leads the division at 4-1, Marlette, Harbor Beach and Ubly are at 3-2 and Sandusky is 2-3.

George, one of the top players in the Thumb area as a freshman, also pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots against the Pirates.

Chris Storm, Marlette coach, commented on George’s big night.

“Bryce worked hard to get good position all night,” Storm said. “And, the entire team did a great job of looking for him.”

There were other contributions on the team. Alex Heussner was next in scoring and rebounding with 10 points and six boards. Sean Quade added seven assists and Marcus Armstrong finished with eight points and five rebounds. — D.B.

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