2004-01-29 / Front Page

Buck’s first half fire fizzles with 4-point third quarter

After a hot first half, things turned frigid for the Roscommon High School varsity basketball team in the third quarter as Harrison outscored them 17-4 enroute to a 61-53 victory.

Leading 33-30 at the half, things looked bright for the Bucks until the third quarter when the Hornets jumped to a 47-37 lead.

“We played a tremendous first half, but we did not maintain the work that we did in that half,” Coach M.J. Ewald said. “Even though we are a young team, we have to find a way to close out a game and keep a team down when we can.”

Roscommon lead by as many as 12 in the first half after doing “an excellent job” of breaking Harrison’s pressure in the first half, Ewald said. Although Harrison cut the Bucks’ lead to three, Ewald was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I was happy, though, with what we accomplished,” he said. Ewald said his team was unable to build on its first half of play and their inexperience is something they must overcome to win.

“Our youth has something to do with it, but we’ve got to mature and find a way to win,” he said.

Josh Burmester led the Bucks with 12 points and 11 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double in nine games. Mike Walker had 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and played, according to Ewald, a “fantastic game.” Dane Carey added 9 points, 7 rebounds and had 2 assists, while Trevor Viguilla had 8 points, Mike Mitchell had 6 points, Jeff Roman had 4 points and TJ Neveau and Trevor Hacker each had 2.

The loss drops the Bucks to 2-4 in Jack Pine Conference play and 2-7 overall. They faced Grayling Tuesday and will play at home versus Gladwin Friday night.

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