2017-12-07 / Sports

Post players steer Norsemen past TC Christian

Keith, Shananaquet combine for 42 in win at TC Christian
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


SUTTONS BAY senior forward Garrett Shananaquet fires a fadeaway jumper over sophomore Levi Belanger of Traverse City Christian on Monday. Shananaquet finished with a team-high 22 points in the lopsided win. SUTTONS BAY senior forward Garrett Shananaquet fires a fadeaway jumper over sophomore Levi Belanger of Traverse City Christian on Monday. Shananaquet finished with a team-high 22 points in the lopsided win. The secret to Suttons Bay’s success this season may very well be secondary scoring, offensive production from players not named Thomas Hursey.

Two senior forwards named Garrett were happy to oblige at Traverse City Christian on Monday.

Garrett Keith and Garrett Shananaquet accounted for 42 points and 21 rebounds in the regular-season opener as Suttons Bay cruised past the Sabres 79-51. Shananaquet led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds; Keith had 20 points and 14 boards.

“We executed what we wanted to do, got balls to people we wanted to get balls to and made some shots,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said after the game. “That’s going to be very important. Both of the big guys are making plays, plus I have guys coming off the bench doing the same. We’re not going to rely upon Thomas totally.”

The big men were efficient, too.

Keith shot 10-of-11 from the floor; Shananaquet was 7-of-11 and connected on 8-of-9 attempts from the stripe.

Anderson was asked what he thought of Shananaquet’s performance.

“He comes in with a chip on his shoulder,” Anderson said. “Over the weekend we played St. Francis, Central, Onaway and Harrison in scrimmages and he came out and did his job — not only inside but outside, too. Tonight we didn’t ask him to shoot 3s, but he’s got that in his game now.”

Hursey, meanwhile, shot 7-of-11 and finished with 16 points, three rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Evan Rohrback reached double figures, as well, finishing with 11 points and a team-high nine assists.

Traverse City Christian never let Suttons Bay run away with the game, trailing 41-26 at halftime and 58-46 through three quarters, but the outcome never appeared to be in question after the reigning district champions opened up a 21-12 lead in the first quarter.

“It means a lot,” Shananaquet said when asked what it means to start the season 1-0. “It’s my last first game, the first game of my senior year.”

The second game of his season was slated to take place after press time last night against Elk Rapids. The Norse will play at Benzie on Friday.

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