2009-03-19 / Sports

Bobcats' first half lead evaporates in District loss

SHOT ABOVE Houghton Lake's Andy Holmes extends to get a shot up over the arms of Ogemaw Heights' Eric Noble (10) during the squads' District semifinal game in Beaverton March 11. Holmes led the 'Cats with 11 points but Ogemaw took the contest, 46-40. (Below) Bobcat junior Quentin Thompson drives the lane as Falcon Anthony Zettel puts a hand on him during first half action. (Photos by Eric Hamp)
After leading nearly the entire first half, Houghton Lake could not keep their advantage in the second half as Ogemaw Heights beat them 46-40 in District semifinal action in Beaverton March 11.

Ogemaw went on to lose in the District final against Gladwin Friday night, 62-53.

Houghton Lake got out of the gates quickly against the Falcons, led by six first quarter points by junior Alex Rogers. The 'Cats were up 13-4 after the first eight minutes. After going up 17-6, the Bobcats were outscored 11-3 before Bobcat senior Anthony Mieske hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the 'Cats a 23-17 lead at the half.

Ogemaw Heights came out of the half to tie the game at 23-23 with five minutes to play in the third quarter. The Falcons went on to take a 30-29 lead with eight minutes to play.

In the final stanza, the Bobcats took a 35-32 lead on a lay-up by junior Quentin Thompson off a steal by Ricky Ancel - but then were hit with a scoring drought until the final minutes of the game. The Falcons went on an 8-0 run before a basket by Mieske and a 3-pointer by Andy Holmes tied the game at 40 with 1:47 to play. Ogemaw Heights then went up 42-40 on two free throws by sophomore Anthony Zettel with 1:11 to play.

The Bobcats next possession ended with a blocked shot followed by an offensive rebound and a missed shot. Ogemaw got the ball back and, following a timeout, Falcon Rob Kish hit one free throw to put them up 43-40 with 36.9 seconds to play. A Houghton Lake timeout was followed by an errant pass and turnover by the 'Cats. Kish sank two more free throws and sewed up the game for Ogemaw, who got another free throw by Alex Jennings.

"I thought we played really hard," Coach David Bunn said, noting his squad handled Ogemaw Height's 2-3 zone much better than it did a week earlier when the Falcons topped the 'Cats, 64-47. In fact, the Bobcats' early lead came from success getting inside the Falcons defense.

"They just played hard and made pretty good decisions," Bunn said. "The intensity was there the whole game."

Holmes led the Bobcats with 11 points while Mieske finished with eight, Rogers had seven, Bob McGuire and Ricky Ancel each had six and Thompson had two.

Rebounding was also a plus for the 'Cats as Bunn said McGuire and Rogers worked hard on the glass while teammates Ancel and Quentin Thompson both played well defensively.

"I was happy," Bunn said. "It was a good year."

Houghton Lake finishes the season at 10-11 overall. It was the final game for seniors Anthony Mieske, Andrew Holmes, Jesse Blanchard and Tyler Toms.

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