Braves spoil Emeralds’ senior night
MANISTIQUE – With one game left in the regular season, Coach Todd Kangas is looking for the right combination that will take his Emeralds deep into post season play when districts get underway March 4.
Coming into their final game against Big Bay tomorrow, the Emeralds have dropped three in a row, a formula that needs a quick change if Kangas and his Emeralds are to get a banner for the wall. The skid started with an 80-46 loss on the road to St. Ignace, a 57-46 loss to Munising and a 69-54 loss to Gladstone at home Tuesday.
Armed with 15 players, the Braves opened up a 10 point advantage early in the opener Tuesday. A bucket by Coby Ryan sparked a 6-0 run by the Emeralds who cut the margin to six points at the end of the quarter. Buckets by Connor Selling and Tyler Kangas to start the second got the Emeralds within two points at the start of the second quarter but it was all Gladstone from there. Playing a run and gun offense, the Braves put up 26 points in the second quarter to control a 24 point advantage at the break.
Coming off the break the Braves showed no signs of letting up. A 7-0 run at the start of the third put the Braves on top by 30 early in the quarter on their way to a non-conference win on the road.
“I thought we played pretty solid the first quarter but the second really killed us,” Coach Todd Kangas said. “We didn’t play very good on defense giving up 26 points; again you will not win many games doing that. I thought we did a better job in the second half, playing a fairly even game. Connor had a nice game especially in the second half and Tyler provided good inside help. With one game left, we will work to get ready for Big Bay and the districts Monday.”
Selling set a season high 26 points in the loss. In addition to Selling, Kangas finished with 15 points, Ryan four, Max Nelson, Zach Lambert, Jake Zellar and Tanner Watson two points each.