2017-01-26 / Sports

Post play propels Norse past Portagers

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

Thomas Hursey and the Suttons Bay boys are making their 1-3 start seem like a thing of the past.

Hursey poured in 15 points, Justin McSawby added a double-double and the Norsemen notched their third consecutive Northwest Conference win last Thursday by beating Onekama at home, 58-40.

“I like the chemistry on our team right now,” said sixth-year Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson. “We seem to be playing pretty well off each other, and that makes a big difference.”

The Norse (5-4, 3-3 Northwest) jumped out to a commanding lead early against the shorthanded Portagers, turning a 14-7 first-quarter advantage into a 32-14 edge at the half.

Anderson said the game was won in the paint.

“That was our biggest advantage, our inside game,” he said. “It was a threat all night.”

Suttons Bay bigs Christian Holmes, Garrett Keith and Garrett Shananaquet combined for 23 points and 29 boards. McSawby added 11 points and 11 boards off the bench for his second double-double in as many games.

Jacob Mauntler tallied a game-high 24 points for Onekama but didn’t get much help offensively.

“They were short a few players and had to bring some guys up from JV,” Anderson said. “They had trouble shooting the ball. We brought pressure, out-rebounded them pretty heavily and wore them down a little bit.”

A 40-point output from the Portagers was a welcome sight to Anderson, who has seen his boys buckle down defensively since surrendering 100 points to Buckley on Dec. 13. Suttons Bay has given up an average of 47.5 points in the six games since, going 4-2.

The Norse, who were slated to take on Mesick after press time last night, will head to Northport on Friday before a rematch at Buckley on Wednesday.

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