Worth the price of admission
MANISTIQUE – Saving one of their more exciting games for last, the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears and the Manistique Emeralds battled to an overtime thriller in the last regular game of the season last Thursday.
In the end, the additional four minutes of play gave the Black Bears the needed time to come out on top with a 66-62 win in Manistique. Down by two, the Emeralds’ Tyler Kangas came up with a loose ball at the top of the key, got control and found Tony Floyd open under the basket. Floyd laid it in off the glass to force the game into overtime.
Tied at 56 with the clock reset for an additional four minutes, Big Bay quickly jumped out front when Alex Ranguette hit from three point range to start the bonus round.
With two from the charity stripe in the books, Kangas hit from the floor to cut Big Bay’s lead to 61-60. From there, the Emeralds’ offense stalled, scoring just two more points coming from the line, both by Kangas, who finished the game with 24 points.
No one inside the Richard Bonifas gymnasium could tell it was -13 degrees outside near the game’s end.
Following a senior night celebration for both ball clubs, the Emeralds quickly jumped out front and held a 5-2 advantage off a three point basket by Coby Ryan. They then pushed their advantage to 9-3 when Kangas laid in his third basket of the quarter.
Behind throughout, Big Bay captured their first lead of the night when Tyler DeMars blocked a shot, came up with the loose ball and was fouled. After DeMars hit the pair, Potvin took advantage of an Emerald turnover and scored from the floor to put Big Bay on top 18-17 at the 5:22 mark in the second quarter.
Trailing by two, Manistique went back on top when Dylan Strasser scored two at the 3:35 mark. Manistique then pushed their lead to 27-21 when Strasser scored again, was fouled and dropped one in from the free throw line. He finished the game with 10 points.
Manistique went on a 5-1 run to start the third and held a 37-27 lead when Kangas hit the first of three baskets from the floor in the quarter .
A three-point basket by Bryce Thompson cut the Emeralds’ lead to three when the quarter came to an end. With his team trailing, Zach Pomeroy came up with a turn over and found DeMars open for two, tying the game at 44 at the 7:41 mark in the fourth quarter.
Big Bay held the advantage until late in the period when Jake Zellar came up with a steal and found Floyd open for two as the quarter came to an end.
Big Bay- Potvin 23, DeMars 16, Pomeroy 11, Thompson six, Swayer four, Ranguette and Jensen three each.
Manistique- Kangas 24, Ryan 10, Strasser 10, Tony Hoholik nine, Floyd five, Powers and Turan two each.
Manistique lost in round one of district action 60-34 to the Harbor Springs Rams.
Big Bay (12-6) took on Rapid River (6-14) in Cooks Wednesday after press time.