2017-02-16 / Sports

Mustangs run away from Bucks, 68-41

Jack Pine Conference-leading Me­ridian flexed its offensive muscles in a 68-41 win over visiting Roscommon Tuesday night.

The Mustangs, 10-1 in the JPC, handed the Bucks, 7-3, just their third varsity boys basketball league loss of the season. The game was initially sched­uled for Jan. 11 but was postponed due to weather.

“Meridian was flat-out the bet­ter team tonight; they are very good,” Roscommon Coach M.J. Ewald said. “We started off pretty well, but couldn’t maintain consistent intensity and effort.”

Roscommon trailed by five after one quarter, 16-11, but the Mustangs went on a 24-10 run in the second to go up 40-21 at the half. The third quarter was no different with Meridian outscoring Roscommon 20-6 to lead 60-27 with one stanza remaining. In the final eight min­utes, the Bucks cut the deficit with a 14-8 advantage but were on the losing end of the 68-41 score.

The Bucks will get their chance at knocking off Meridian Friday when they host the Mustangs.

“We’re going to make adjustments to get ready for our second game against them this week. We’ll watch film and get better from it,” Ewald said.

Kaleb Keipert led the Bucks with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks while Grant Smitz added nine points, two rebounds and two steals and Michael Treml had nine points, two re­bounds and three assists.

Ewald said Dane Smitz “gave us a spark netting four points and adding five assists” off the bench while Logan Strickler also added four points.

Tip-off Friday night begins with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game followed by a 6 p.m. junior varsity contest with the varsity game to follow.

The Bucks will host Harrison Feb. 21 before traveling to Houghton Lake Feb. 24.

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