2016-12-15 / Sports

Cherryland roundup: Cats overcome Burt Lake NMC

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


NORTHPORT JUNIOR Ethan Pino floats a nifty runner Tuesday during the team’s 50-24 win over visiting Burt Lake NMC. 
Photo: Dan Duffiney NORTHPORT JUNIOR Ethan Pino floats a nifty runner Tuesday during the team’s 50-24 win over visiting Burt Lake NMC. Photo: Dan Duffiney Austin John scored a game-high 13 points, Zach Stowe added 11 points and seven rebounds and the Northport boys breezed past Burt Lake NMC at home on Tuesday, 50-24.

“We played well,” Northport coach Dave Ginsberg said. “We made progress tonight, and I feel good about the performance. We continue to improve. All in all, it was good to get home and good to have a well-rounded attack.”

Ethan Pino distributed the ball around nicely for Northport (2-1, 0-0 Cherryland) as six Wildcats scored five or more points. Pino had seven assists.

The same six players all scored four or more points at Bay City All Saints on Friday, albeit with a different result.

The Wildcats lost 47-32.

“Very good team, a team that won its district last year,” Ginsberg said on Tuesday. “It was a tough matchup for us. They had a kid at center that was 6-foot-6. It was a very difficult task after a four-hour bus trip. We couldn’t get a hold of them, but we were still within 11 in the fourth quarter. We scrapped but just didn’t have enough. Now we play seven in a row on the road.”

Pino was Northport’s top scorer with eight points. John added seven.

The Wildcats, who won’t play at home again until Jan. 27, will travel to take on Atlanta on Friday.

Comets press past St. Mary

Turnovers and an inability to handle full-court pressure led to St. Mary’s demise in Leland last Thursday, 56-32.

“This has been our Achilles heel for the last couple of years, and I have seen great progress, but Leland did a good job with their pressure and we played rushed,” St. Mary coach Clint Couturier said this week. “I assume we had more turnovers than points.”

Avery Kohler was the high scorer for St. Mary with 10 points. Andrew Tondreau supplied six off the bench. Three Leland players reached double figures: Chris Ursu (19 points), Garett Miller (17) and Timmy LeVeque (14).

The Eagles will look to bounce back Monday at Gaylord St. Mary before a trip to Central Lake next Wednesday.

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