2009-02-19 / Sports

Free throws, defense key for frosh 'Cats

A 20-point fourth quarter turned a three-point lead into an 11 point win for Houghton Lake's freshman boys basketball squad Feb. 13 in Meridian.

Coach Ken Warner's squad topped the Mustangs 53-42 behind 19 points from Eric Hurst and 12 from Kyle Akin. The Bobcats led 9-8 after the first quarter and went up by five at the half, 20-15. Meridian cut into Houghton Lake's lead in the third quarter to trail 33-30 with eight to play. A 20-12 advantage in the final quarter preserved the win for the 'Cats.

Warner said his team gave a "much better defensive effort" in the contest. They also benefitted from an 11-of-17 performance at the free throw line.

"It was a first for us, we shot better than 50% from the free throw line," Warner commented.

In addition to Hurst and Akin, the Bobcats got seven points from Kyle Bates, six from Kasey Turner, five from Ryan Hanes and four from Dan Pinch.

The Bobcats play at home against Grayling Feb. 23.

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