Junior Bobcats split tourney games with Dexter, Mio
Houghton Lake's junior varsity boy's basketball team split their Kalkaska Invitational Tournament games Friday and Saturday, falling 41-31 to Dexter and then defeating Mio 52- 30. Prior to the tournament they also split a pair of games, losing to Ogemaw Heights 55- 51 Dec. 19 and defeating Meridian 47-44 Dec. 21.
"In the first game we drew Dexter, they are a very good team," Coach Ken Hall said. "We fought hard with them but our free throws killed us."
The Bobcats only hit 12 of 23 free throws against Dexter. Quentin Thompson led the Bobcat offense with 10 points, Bob McGuire had eight, Pat Gagne five, Mason Boals four and Wade Garrett and D. J. Tharp two each.
"Against Mio we faired really good," Hall said. "Mio had a weak team so we worked on a lot of different things. Overall I'm proud of how the team did in both games."
Every Bobcat scored in the game McGuire leading the scoring with 10 points, Rogers and Garrett had eight each, Ricky Urbach six, Andrew Kolka and Gagne had four each, Boals, Charlie Bradley Josh Storey, Tharp and Brennen Bowman had two each.
The Bobcats had to fight off a third quarter charge by Meridian to defeat the Mustangs 47-44. The Bobcats led 17-8 in the first quarter and were up 24-14 at the half. A cold third quarter with only three points scored allowed the Mustangs to take the lead 30- 27 after they scored 16 third quarter points. The Bobcats got hot in the 4th quarter outscoring Meridian 20-14.
Rogers led the Bobcats with 14 points, Bradley had 11, Tharp eight, Boals and Garrett five each and McGuire and Thompson two each.
The Bobcats led the Falcons in the first three quarters but West Branch was able to pull out the victory outscoring the Bobcats 20-10 in the final eight minutes. Rogers led the Bobcat offense with 13 points, McGuire added 10, Tharp nine, Thompson and Gagne six each, Bradley four, Boals two and Garrett one.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood tonight (Thursday) hosting Roscommon.