2017-01-05 / Sports

Suttons Bay gets defensive, wins big at St. Mary

Shananaquet, Norse tune up for tonight’s showdown at Glen Lake
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY forward Garrett Shananaquet puts up two of his career-high 17 points Tuesday during the team’s 57-22 win at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. SUTTONS BAY forward Garrett Shananaquet puts up two of his career-high 17 points Tuesday during the team’s 57-22 win at Lake Leelanau St. Mary. Suttons Bay point guard Evan Busby put on a show in the first half of Tuesday’s game at St. Mary.

Busby’s behind-the-back passes and no-look deliveries made for a handful of highlight-reel assists in transition.

“I’ve just got a lot of chemistry with the guys, Thomas (Hursey) especially,” Busby said. “Tom and I have been playing together forever. We’ve got a lot of chemistry together.”

Team chemistry was on full display Tuesday as Suttons Bay rushed out to a 33-9 lead at halftime before walking away with a 57-22 win.

Fancy as the Norse (2-3, 0-2 Northwest) were offensively, defense was the difference in the game. Suttons Bay forced 24 turnovers and limited the Eagles (1-4, 0-0 Cherryland) to an 0-for-19 night from 3-point land.


ST. MARY junior Avery Kohler (32) attempts to muscle his way past Suttons Bay defenders Evan Busby (3) and Eli Lewis (25) on Tuesday. ST. MARY junior Avery Kohler (32) attempts to muscle his way past Suttons Bay defenders Evan Busby (3) and Eli Lewis (25) on Tuesday. “If we don’t play tough, it’s going to be tough to beat those better teams,” said Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson, whose Norsemen surrendered more than 70 points per game in December. “We’ve got to play tougher, play harder and put in that maximum effort.”

Effort showed up in the stat sheet for a trio of Suttons Bay juniors on Tuesday: Hursey, Garrett Keith and Garrett Shananaquet.

They finished with 13, 14 and 17 points, respectively.

“I want to commend Garrett Shananaquet,” Anderson said of the junior. “He had a good game tonight, did a lot of good things in the paint and grabbed a lot of rebounds. I challenged the guys tonight to rebound and play harder on both ends of the floor and he really went after it hard.”

The Norse challenged shots and made things difficult all night for St. Mary shooters, particularly in the paint.

Chris Kohler and Andrew Tondreau didn’t shy away from contact, however, finishing with eight hard-earned points apiece to the lead the Eagles.

“Andrew Tondreau played his heart out, and Christopher Kohler played his heart out,” coach Clint Couturier said, “but defensively, we’ve got to play a whole lot better. We’ve got to make them earn every inch and we didn’t do that. That’s the key. This group has never shot the ball well, so we’ve got to find something we can stand on — and it’s got to be our defense. I didn’t see it in the first half. Suttons Bay was putting on a show running up and down the floor. We didn’t get back.”

Anderson echoed a similar sentiment last month after his team gave up a total of 248 points to Elk Rapids, Buckley and Benzie Central.

He said the team will have to take its toughness to another level if it’s going to compete with the Northwest Conference elites.

Busby agreed.

“We’ve got to work on defense and rebounding,” he said. “We’re struggling with that right now. We just need a tougher mindset. No one thinks we need to be tough right now, but we’re going to see that when we play Glen Lake. They’ve got some big kids.”

The Norse will get their first look at the Lakers (4-0, 2-0 Northwest) tonight in Glen Lake. Suttons Bay split the 2015-16 series with its cross-county rival, losing 53-49 on the road and winning 52-43 at home.

The Eagles will be back in action Tuesday against visiting Alba, which beat St. Mary 41-28 when the teams last met a year ago.

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