Bears fight but come up short in season finale in Manistique
The regular season came to an end for the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears and Manistique Emeralds in Manistique Thursday night. Trailing by nine points at the half, the Bears came out strong in the third, closed the gap, but couldn’t hold on, losing the finale 53-39 to the Emeralds.
Six points were scored in the first five and a half minutes of the nonconference match-up.
A basket by the Bears’ Cole Potvin got the contest underway at the jam-packed Richard Bonifas Gymnasium.
With just two points on the board and looking for a way to generate some offense, coach Ed Marietti went to his bench early.
Zack Lambert responded with a bucket, and two from Kyle Tiglas tied the game at six with 53 ticks left on the clock.
A triple by Clayton Bradshaw gave the Bears a 9-6 advantage when time expired in the quarter.
“That has kind of been how our season has gone, can’t make anything, can’t do anything,” Marietti said. “It’s not like we’re not getting good looks. We just can’t get the ball to fall.”
The pace picked up early in the second.
Up 11-10, the Bears went on an 8-0 run and held a 19-10 lead when Adrian Nedeau forced an Emerald turnover and went coast-to-coast for an easy basket.
Coming off the break, two quick baskets by Kenner Broullire sparked an Emerald rally.
Watching their lead cut to five, Pomeroy hit from behind the arc, but from there turnovers cost the Bears their lead, and in the end the game.
Pomeroy finished the night with 13 points to lead Big Bay de Noc in scoring.
“Our game plan was to pressure them, but to be able to do that we need to score,” said Marietti. “We talked about it during the break, came out in the second half, hit a couple of baskets, and built it from there.”
Following the three by Potvin, Jake Syers came up with a steal at the top of the key and found Broullire open down the court for two more points.
Still trailing, Tiglas hit from 3-point range, then came up with a steal at half court and went the distance for an easy layup to put the Emeralds on top 26-24 with 4:39 left in the quarter.
Up 31-30 off a free throw by Lambert, the Emeralds’ Connor Selling pulled in a offensive rebound and got the ball to Tiglas, who hit the shot and was fouled, then added one from the line to give the Emeralds a 34-30 advantage with less than a minute remaining in the period.
Tiglas finished the night with 18 points to lead the Manistique offense.
A basket from Nathan Dalgord cut the Emeralds’ lead to two, but Tiglas again hit from 3-point range to give Manistique a 36-32 edge at the end of three.
Baskets by Selling and Broullire put the Emeralds up 46-36 mid-way through the stanza on their way to the 14-point margin of victory.
Big Bay was held to just sevenpoints in the final eight minutes of play.
With the win, the Emeralds finished the 2011-2012 regular campaign with a record of 6-14, 2-10 in the Mid Peninsula Conference.
The Bears wrapped up their regular season at 2-17, 0-9 in the Central U.P. Conference.
Manistique: Tiglas 18, Broullire 12, Syers 7, Clay Weigel 6, Lambert 5, Mike Nagy 1.
Big Bay: Pomeroy 13, Nedeau 7, Bradshaw 7, Kyle Reidenga 4, Holden Pelletier 4, Dalgord 2, Potvin 2.