Bears take two at home
COOKS – With thoughts of an earlier loss still fresh in their minds, the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears hit the floor and scored 20 first quarter points on their way to a 70-64 victory over the visiting Rockets from Rapid River Tuesday night.
Fighting off the Rockets wasn’t an easy task for the Bears. Rapid River knocked down three triples in the first quarter of play, then out-scored Big Bay 19-13 in the second quarter to close out the half trailing 33-30.
Watching the momentum swing and unwilling to suffer another loss to their challengers from the west, Big Bay caught fire again in the third. Fueled by an 11-point effort by Zach Pomeroy, Big Bay put up 20 points in the period while holding Rapid River to eight. The Bears controlled a 53-38 advantage going into the final eight minutes of play.
As it turned out, the Bears needed the 15-point cushion to hold on for the win. Big Bay scored 17 points in the fourth quarter but struggled from the line. They hit just seven of 20 attempts, while giving up 26 points to the Rockets
Big Bay finished 13 of 30 on the night from the charity stripe.
Big Bay: Pomeroy 23, Cole Potvin 15, Tyler DeMars 13, Alex Ranquette seven, Loren Swayer six, Bryce Thompson six.
Rapid River: Hayden Hardwick 20, Jake Pear- son 16, David Hough nine, Josh Denough eight, Josh Parrett six, Miek Boyer one.
Warming up for their show down against the Rockets, Big Bay got past Stephenson at home last Friday night.
With three in double figures, Big Bay opened up a 14-6 lead at the end of the opener. Tyler DeMars downed eight for the Bears in the quarter.
Trailing by eight, Stephenson hit from behind the arc dropping three triples to close the gap to 24-19 at the break.
Loren Swayer scored six of the Bears 10 points in the second.
Stephenson kept pace with Big Bay in the third thanks to an 11-point period by Connor Cappaert who hit three triples in the period, He finished with 17 points to lead the Eagles in scoring.
Big Bay finished strong scoring 23 in the fourth while holding the Eagles to just seven points.
Big Bay: Potvin 17, DeMars 15, Swayer 12, Thompson nine, Kaden Pelletier seven, Ranquette two, Brett LaLonde two.
Stephenson: Cappaert 17, Levi Brock 13, Matt Hanson four, Chase Wehner four, Josiah Newlin three, Alex Starzynski two.