Beavers bounce Bucks in OT
After playing to a 43-43 tie at the end of regulation, the Roscommon varsity boys basketball team lost a “heartbreaker” at Beaverton Jan. 6 in overtime, 53-47.
The Bucks gave themselves a chance to win late in the game, Coach M.J. Ewald said, making 2-of-3 free throws to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Beavers put up 10 points to four from Roscommon to take the Jack Pine Conference contest, 53- 47.
“We lost a heartbreaker tonight, but I’m so proud of how my kids fought all night long,” Ewald said. “We battled a tough team in their gym for 32+ minutes and played with great energy and intensity.”
After trailing 12-9 after the first quarter the Bucks tied the score at the half, 16-16. Both teams scored 13 in the third and 14 in the fourth to end regulation tied.
Junior Austin Fluegal led the Bucks with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists. Junior Hunter Mires added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists while senior Todd Martin had eight points and hauled in 11 rebounds.
“Fluegel and Mires were outstanding tonight, finding and taking solid shots,” Ewald said. “Fluegel hit a couple of key 3’s for us in the second half and Mires came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 12 points.”
Ewald added “Martin also had a solid outing for us.” Senior Collin Lake added five points and three rebounds, “but more importantly provided us with a ton of energy on the defensive end,” the coach noted. Ewald also said sophomore John Miller and junior Mike Faulkner “played hard and gave us a boost with their aggressive play.”
The loss puts the Bucks at 2-2 in JPC play and 3-3 overall.
“Despite the loss, I love how my kids responded tonight. The game was tight throughout and we were able to make runs at Beaverton when we got behind. We got a great overall effort from everyone. If we can play with this energy and focus on a daily basis, we will continue to get better as we continue a tough stretch of games,” Ewald said.
The Bucks host rival Houghton Lake Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., following the girls varsity contest.