2017-12-07 / Sports

Bucks five behind Trojans in opener

Lake City’s second half proved the difference Tuesday night as Roscommon dropped their opener to the Trojans, 47- 42.

“The kids played their hearts out, but we missed too many opportunities late in the game (missed free throws and turn­overs),” Coach M.J. Ewald said. “I love our intensity and our hustle, we just have to get after our execution.”

The visiting Bucks led 9-7 after one quarter and 21-19 at the half. The Tro­jans, however, had a 14-11 advantage in the third quarter and a 14-10 advantage in the fourth to seal the win.

Junior Dane Smitz had 15 points, five rebounds and five steals to pace the Bucks. Junior Trey Heliin contributed 12 points, three rebounds and two assists.

“Smitz was all over the floor despite foul trouble. He did a good job of get­ting down the lane, and he hit a couple of big 3s for us,” Ewald said. “Heliin also had some great hustle plays and also hit some big shots. Both did a solid job de­fensively.”

Ewald said junior Thomas Pastell “did a great job for us,” adding four points and four rebounds. “He did a lot of intangibles that helped us throughout the game.”

Junior Kyle Hartman “did a solid job of getting the ball to his teammates with four assists on the night.”

Ewald added sophomore Seth Keipert and junior Jeffrey Kuchar “gave us some good minutes in the post as well.” Keipert had six rebounds.

Senior Gage Sarna finished with five points and three rebounds.

“For us to win close games, we have to take much better care of the ball and knock down free throws,” Ewald said. “We also missed too many shots in the paint. We’ll get better. The kids have been working hard and will continue to work together to improve.”

The Bucks play at Beaverton tonight (Thursday) and travel to Grayling Dec. 12. The varsity follows the 6 p.m. junior varsity contest.

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