2016-12-15 / Sports

Northwest roundup: Buckley drops 100 in Suttons Bay

Norse open NWC play with 41-point loss on home floor
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


BUCKLEY PLAYERS Austin Harris (12) and Ridge Beeman (30) contest a Thomas Hursey field goal in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game in Suttons Bay. BUCKLEY PLAYERS Austin Harris (12) and Ridge Beeman (30) contest a Thomas Hursey field goal in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game in Suttons Bay. On Friday, The Detroit Free Press named Denver Cade one of “Michigan’s top 100 boys basketball players.”

Cade showed why four days later.

The 6-foot-3 junior poured in a team-high 25 points as Buckley took it to Suttons Bay on Tuesday, 100-59.

“They’re a tough team, but we’ve got to sharpen it up on the defensive end,” said Suttons Bay junior Thomas Hursey, who scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. “This one kind of got away from us. We need to come back to practice tomorrow and play basketball like we know how to.

“We just need to toughen up.”

Buckley took control of the game in the opening minutes, answering an Evan Busby layup with a 14-0 run.


BUCKLEY JUNIOR Denver Cade (21) was one of five Bears to reach double figures Tuesday in the team’s 100-59 Northwest Conference win in Suttons Bay. BUCKLEY JUNIOR Denver Cade (21) was one of five Bears to reach double figures Tuesday in the team’s 100-59 Northwest Conference win in Suttons Bay. The Bears poured it on from there, making the most of second-chance opportunities and Suttons Bay turnovers before eclipsing the 50-point plateau with 1:36 left in the first half.

They continued the scoring frenzy in the second half, pouring in 32 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth.

Buckley coach Blair Moss said his second-team players had every right to attack in the closing minutes.

“They work real hard in practice, too, and they make this first team better. I can’t tell kids not to score,” Moss said after the game. “I feel bad, but four years ago when Suttons Bay was taking it to me, I never said a word.

“I took it like a man and said, ‘We’ll just get better,’ and we did.”

Cade, who was still on the floor midway through the fourth quarter, was one of five Bears to reach double figures. Joey Weber (17 points), Austin Harris (16), Ridge Beeman (16) and Brock Beeman (14) were the others.

Busby was the lone Suttons Bay player to join Hursey in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five assists.

Buckley’s ability to crash the glass, force quick turnovers and score in transition led to the 100-point outing. The Norsemen finished with 17 turnovers and just 23 rebounds.

“Those are the types of things that add up to a 41-point loss,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said. “It’s really hard right now, but we’ve got 17 more games. What we do when we get to March is what matters most. We’ll get there, and things will get better for us, but we’ve got to come together as a team and get things going. We’re not tough right now and that’s something we’ll have to work at. ... I think we were kind of exposed in that tonight.”

Suttons Bay (1-2, 0-1 Northwest Conference) will look to bounce back tonight at Benzie Central.

Peterson, Lakers overwhelm Mesick

Back-to-back-to-back dunks from Cade Peterson highlighted a 78-16 win for Glen Lake at Mesick on Tuesday.

Peterson, who delivered the dunkfest on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, poured in a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds as Glen Lake opened Northwest Conference play in emphatic fashion.

Joey Fosmore added 15 points for the Lakers; Xander Okerlund had 10.

“No matter what, we want to play our game,” said Glen Lake coach Rich Ruelas, “and no matter who we’re playing, we’re always playing against Glen Lake. We made that a focal point for tonight’s game.”

The Lakers (2-0, 1-0 NWC) will look to stay hot in their home opener against Leland (1-2, 0-1) tonight.

Comets drop conference opener

Twenty-five fourth-quarter points weren’t enough for Leland on Tuesday as visiting Kingsley cruised to its first victory in conference play, 71-55.

The Stags took control of the game in the third quarter, extending a five-point halftime lead to 22 points.

“We started to run out of gas a little bit,” said Leland coach Jon Kiessel, who had just six Comets in uniform.

Timmy LeVeque led the way for Leland with 22 points in the loss. Garett Miller added 19 points.

Leland lands first win of season

Three players reached double figures for Leland last Thursday as the Comets dispatched visiting St. Mary, 56-32.

Chris Ursu led all scorers with 19 points while Garett Miller added 17 and Timmy LeVeque tacked on 14.

“Early in the game, we were pretty successful with the press,” coach Jon Kiessel said. “We didn’t necessarily finish extremely well but we were able to get the ball up and down the floor. We did a good job.”

Gerardo Vasquez chipped in with six points in the victory.

Elk Rapids holds off Suttons Bay

A trio of double-doubles and a 27-point performance from Thomas Hursey went to waste last Wednesday as Suttons Bay dropped a 91-78 decision in Elk Rapids.

The Elks led 36-34 at halftime before extending their lead to nine through three quarters.

“Elk Rapids pressed us a lot,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said. “Our guys committed a lot of turnovers against their press and it really bothered us. We couldn’t get into our offense.”

Hursey shot 8-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. The junior guard added four assists and five steals. The double-doubles came from Evan Busby (12 points, 10 assists), Garrett Keith (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Brett Rice (14 points, 10 rebounds).

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