Selling hits 31 in district win
MANISTIQUE – Washed away, a subpar start to a varsity basketball career for coach Todd Kangas is now all but a distant memory. After finishing the regular season 5-15, Kangas and his green and white squad is perfect in post season play with a dominating performance at home Monday night against the Inland Lakes Bulldogs.
Trailing early, the Emeralds opened the flood gates and poured in a season high 73 points to defeat the Bulldogs and advance to the 93rd District Title game in Manistique Friday.
Trailing 8-4 off back-to-back triples from the Bulldogs’ Dakotah Davedowski, the Emeralds’ Conner Selling hit a triple of his own to cut the Bulldogs lead to one. Just when the period was coming to an end he hit again, this time with a strong move to the basket to tie the game at 15.
Here to play, the Bulldogs moved the ball up and down the court at will jumping out to a 20-15 advantage early in the second quarter. With his team down 22-19 at the 3:35 mark in the quarter, Selling finally got one to fall from the floor.
Back and forth, Manistique cut the lead to two but two quick strikes by the Bulldogs’ Andrew Dufek pushed their advantage back to six points when time ran out in the half.
Playing catch-up throughout the first half, the Emeralds took control of the game, the lead and the outcome of Kangas’s first district appearance at the start of the third.
Fueled by a dominating defensive effort and a near perfect performance on the offensive side of the court, Manistique went on an 11-0 run and held a 35-30 lead when Zack Lambert hit from outside the arc at the five minute mark in the period. Taking advantage of several turnovers, the Emeralds pushed their lead to 11 points when Selling scored his ninth point of the quarter.
On a night where nothing could go wrong, Selling missed from under the net, got his own rebounds then went outside the arc and hit nothing but net, increasing the Emeralds’ lead to 58-40 early in the fourth. From there it was all Manistique. The Emeralds senior set a career high, finishing the night with an impressive 31 point performance.
In addition to Selling, Kangas also set a season high, scoring 18 points.
Additonal names in the score book included Lambert 11, Coby Ryan six, Tanner Watson three, Max Nelson two, and Tony Floyd two.
With the win, the Emeralds will take on the Harbor Springs Rams for the district title at home Friday night. The Rams (9-11) beat the Newberry Indians 62-41 for the right to take on the Emeralds in the title game. Tipoff for the district championship is set for 7 p.m. in the Richard Bonifas Gymnasium.