2012-03-15 / Sports

25-point effort by the Emeralds Kyle Tiglas not enough to advance boys in districts


their last trip across the hardwood floor at the Richard Bonifas, the Manistique Emerald basketball team heads to the locker room following their 66-56 district loss to the Rudyard Bulldogs last Wednesday. 
(Photos by Jeff Bolm) their last trip across the hardwood floor at the Richard Bonifas, the Manistique Emerald basketball team heads to the locker room following their 66-56 district loss to the Rudyard Bulldogs last Wednesday. (Photos by Jeff Bolm) It was the end of the road for Ed Marietti and his Emeralds last Wednesday in Manistique.

The Emeralds’ season again came to a familiar end with a 66-56 loss to the Rudyard Bulldogs in the Dis- trict 93 opener.

“It was a tough loss,” Mari- etti said. “We started out strong. I thought we played a good enough game to win, but again didn’t shoot very well. Shooting fewer than 40 percent from the floor and only 50 percent from the line at this point in the season is not going to get it done. It’s been our Achilles heel all season.”

Looking to end a three-year dis- trict drought against their visitors, the Emeralds came out strong, out- scoring the Bulldogs 19-14 in the first eight minutes of play.


Not giving up with out a fight, Emeralds Kyle Tiglas put up 25-points in his last Emerald appearance. 
(Photos by Jeff Bolm) Not giving up with out a fight, Emeralds Kyle Tiglas put up 25-points in his last Emerald appearance. (Photos by Jeff Bolm) On fire early and looking to ex- tend his time as an Emerald bas- ketball player, senior Kyle Tiglas paced Manistique with 10 first- quarter points.

Taking advantage of their trips to the charity stripe, Rudyard out- scored the Emeralds 22-15 in the second to control a two-point lead at the break. Eight of their 22 points in the quarter came from the free throw line.

Tyler Wilson led the way for Rudyard, scoring seven of his 21 points in the period.

“A lot of the calls were fouls,” said Marietti. “We just don’t move our feet as well as we should. It went both ways.”

Tiglas again led the Emeralds with nine points in the period and finished the night with a game-high 25.

Up by two, Rudyard extended their lead to seven by outscoring the Emeralds 14-9 in the third.


Kenner Broullire gets to the baseline for two first quarter points. 
(Photos by Jeff Bolm) Kenner Broullire gets to the baseline for two first quarter points. (Photos by Jeff Bolm) “We had chances. We were in a one-and-one midway through the third, but missed a couple of front ends from the line,” said Mari- etti. “We work our butts off to get fouled, then can’t take advantage. It was a big difference in this game. They would make a move to the basket, get fouled and turn it into three points. We’d do the same, ex- cept we would miss the shot and the free throw.”

Rudyard finished the night 17-of- 25 from the line, while the Emer- alds went 10-of-20.

Rudyard pulled away and held on to a 10-point lead late in the fourth.

With the loss, the Emeralds finish the 2011-2012 season with a 6-16 record, 2-10 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

Rudyard went on to win the dis- trict championship with a 75-47 win over the LaSalle Saints, then lost to Iron Mountain 50-42 in round one of the regionals.


Syers (above) gets control of the ball and finds Mike Nagy (below) open under the basket for two in second quarter action. 
(Photos by Jeff Bolm) Syers (above) gets control of the ball and finds Mike Nagy (below) open under the basket for two in second quarter action. (Photos by Jeff Bolm) Manistique: Tiglas, 25, Clay Weigel 9, Kenner Broullire 8, Mike Nagy 6, Zack Lambert 6, Connor Selling 2.

Rudyard: Wilson 21, Cody Mes- nard 16, Jared Meehan 15, Caleb Salo 7, Garret LaPonsie 7Making


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