2013-02-21 / Sports

Slow starts cost Bears down stretch

COOKS – A 11-point first quarter effort by the Gladstone Braves’ Jared Hunter set the tone for a solid win over the Big bay de Noc Black Bears Monday night in Cooks.

Behind Hunter, the Braves jumped out to a commanding 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter of play, added 16 more in the second to control a 38-21 advantage at the break.

Up by 17, Hunter and the Braves put the game away, adding 24 more points in the third on their way to an 81-55 victory.

Big Bay played a solid second half, scoring 34 points, but they were no match for the Braves.

Hunter, who added eight more in the third, finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Blake Ballad added 16 points, Mike Cretens 13, Christian Groleau nine, Jared Vuksan eight, Joey Godfrey six, Max Mahoney four, David Dykowski three, and Travis Gagnon one.

Zach Pomeroy and Alex Ranguette paced the Bears with 11 points each, Tyler DeMars 10, Bobby Holmberg nine, Cole Potvin six, Loren Swayer six, and Brandon Rochefort two.

The Stephenson Eagles improved to 7-8 following a trip to Cooks last Thursday. Led by Travis Wangerin, the Eagles opened up an 18-9 first quarter lead on their way to a 59-41 win. Wagerin led all scorers with 16 points.

The Bears 2-13 were led by Potvin with 14 points, Pomeroy 11, DeMars four, Devin Jensen four, Ranguette three, and Nathan Dalgord two. The team hits the road on Friday to take on Engadine.

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