2014-02-06 / Sports

Potvin nets 25 and Mustangs take win


Above: Cole Potvin easily lays two up on the glass during Tuesday night’s home match up with Munising. Potvin finished the night with 25. Below: Junior Bryce Thompson looks for a Bear through the lane. He finished the night with six in the 64-62 loss to Munising. 
Joe LeBlanc photos Above: Cole Potvin easily lays two up on the glass during Tuesday night’s home match up with Munising. Potvin finished the night with 25. Below: Junior Bryce Thompson looks for a Bear through the lane. He finished the night with six in the 64-62 loss to Munising. Joe LeBlanc photos COOKS – After starting the season out 4-1, the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears are nearing the 500 mark down the stretch with an upcoming battle Friday against North Central.

Big Bay dropped a 68-53 decision to the Jets on the road earlier this season and will look to avenge the loss in front of a home town crowd.

A win Friday would have the feel of a Super Bowl victory as the Jets are undefeated and remain at the top of the Central Upper Peninsula Division. The Bears currently hold the fourth spot in the conference behind Carney-Nadeau and the Munising Mustangs.

The Mustangs held on to beat Big Bay 64-62 Monday night in Big Bay. A 23-point opening quarter and trips to the free throw line for the ’Stangs proved to be the difference in the battle.

Trailing 23-11, Big Bay got eight from Cole Potvin and seven from Bryce Thompson to close the gap to three points (34-31) at the half.

Tyler DeMars accounted for nine of the Bears’ 11 in the opening period.

Potvin finished the night with 25 points to lead the Bears; Thompson finished with 13.

It was trips to the free throw line that proved to be the difference in the end, with the Mustangs making 45 trips to the charity stripe versus the Bears’ 13 in the 64-62 conference win.

“We’ve been struggling against a few quality teams lately,” Coach Angie LaLonde said. “Rapid River was just a blur. We are a better team than how we played but it was one of those nights where nothing went right. They almost beat Munising so they were a team not to take lightly. We bounced back well within a two point loss to the Mustangs who are ranked number 12 in the state. I was proud of the guys effort. We have a great group of guys and we are hoping to get back on the winning track.”

Big Bay was 24 of 51 from the floor, 8 of 13 from the line.

Big Bay: Potvin 25, Thompson 13, DeMars nine, Alex Ranguette seven, Zach Pomeroy six, Kaden Pelletier two.

Munising was 19 of 53 from the floor, 24 of 45 from the line

Munising: Austin Kelto 16, Ben Stasewich 15, Andy Cooper nine, Alex Hill eight, Noah Ackerman six.

The Bears gave up 41 second quarter points to the Rockets, coming up short 60-55 in Rapid River last week. Potvin paced the Bears with 23 points, Pomeroy 12, De- Mars nine, Thompson six, Loren Swayer five.

Big Bay also dropped a 56-41 decision to Gladstone on the road Jan. 28.

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