2014-01-23 / Sports

Bears fall to undefeated Jets

Joe LeBlanc photo Alex Ranguette aims for two at home against Hannahville. Ranguette finished the night with 20. Joe LeBlanc photo Alex Ranguette aims for two at home against Hannahville. Ranguette finished the night with 20. COOKS – A 21-point second quarter by the Jets provided enough of an advantage to defeat the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears 68-55 in Cooks last Friday night.

With seven in the books in the first eight minutes of play, the Bears’ defense could not find a way to shut down the Jets’ Jason Whitens, who put up 12 more in the second to give North Central a 38-22 lead at the half.

Trailing by 16 points, Big Bay outscored North Central 33-30 in the second half, but could not close the gap.

“I thought we matched up ok with them, but had a tough time stopping their penetration to the basket in the first half,” Coach Angie LaLonde said. “They are quick and very talented, but once we adjusted to that, we actually outscored them in the second half. I was pleased with their effort in this one.”

Cooks: Tyler DeMars 20, Cole Potvin 11, Loren Swayer 11, Alex Ranquette five, Zack Pomeroy four, Bryce Thompson two, Matt Moore two.

North Central: Rob Granquist 22, Whitens 21, Josh Granquist eight, Travis Vincent eight, Tyler Polfus five, Caleb Martin four.

With size and experience on their side, Big Bay rolled past Hannahville 74-30 last Monday night. It didn’t take long for the outcome of the game to be decided.

Behind an 11-point effort by Alex Ranguette, Big Bay held a 23-4 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. Shaking off the slow start, Hannahville netted nine points in the second period, but still trailed 35-13 at the break.

Coming off the break, Ranquette hit his fourth triple of the night to spark a 21-point effort by Cooks in the third. He finished the night with 20 points to lead all scorers.

“All 15 players got floor time tonight, it was nice to see them all contribute to the win,” said LaLonde. “We definitely had size and experience on our side. I thought the boys played a controlled and discipline game for the most part. Alex had an amazing game; he is an all-around good kid who deserved to shine tonight,”

With the win, the Bears improve to 6-4.

Cooks: Ranguette 20, Pomeroy 15, Potvin 14, Swayer eight, Moore seven, Thompson four, DeMars three, Jake Nedeau two.

Hannahville: Cody Meshigaud 12, Myron McCullough eight, Justin Larson six, Paul Nelson three, Sam O’Brien one.

Big Bay travels to Gladstone to take on the Braves next Tuesday. Big Bay defeated Gladstone 56- 55 earlier this season.

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