2018-01-11 / Sports

3s rain down as Hursey, Miller duel

‘Garretts’ good again
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

Leland boys basketball coach Jon Kiessel came into the matchup at Suttons Bay hoping Thomas Hursey’s relatively quiet start to the season could continue for at least one more game.

That didn’t happen.

“We gave him two wide-open shots early, which was an error,” Kiessel said. “He was not quiet tonight.

“He was dead on.”

Hursey, a smooth-shooting senior guard, buried 6-of-9 attempts from 3-point land en route to a season-high 33 points on Tuesday as Suttons Bay snapped a four-game slide with an 87-62 win over the Comets.

The two-time all-county honoree also had five rebounds, four assists and five steals — plus plenty of help from the “Garretts.” Garrett Shananaquet poured in 20 points and added six rebounds and four assists while Garrett Keith delivered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“Thomas did everything for us tonight,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said. “He played some point guard, and we had him running off some screens and getting open for shots. Keith and Shananaquet were really tough on the inside. That opened up some shots from the outside.”

Suttons Bay (2-4, 1-3 NWC) and its big three — which now occupies the third, fourth and sixth spots in the Leelanau County scoring ranks — had to be good with the peninsula’s most prolific scorer, Miller, in the building.

The Leland senior drained five 3s and finished with 29 points.

“He’s always a handful, a good shooter,” Anderson said. “It’s always hard to guard him.”

The Miller-led Comets (3-2, 0-2 NWC) overcame a slow start with 25 points in the second quarter and trimmed the Suttons Bay lead to six at halftime but fell behind big soon after.

The Norsemen posted a 28-14 advantage in the third quarter by picking apart the Leland zone and cranking up the defensive intensity.

“They hit a couple shots and we turned it over several times … it happened fast,” Kiessel said. “Suddenly we entered the fourth down 20 and that’s pretty much the story. ... It was quite a circus for about two minutes. We couldn’t put it back in the bag.

“It got away from us.”

Greyson Carlson added 10 points for the Comets; JJ Popp had seven.

Both teams will be back in action tonight as Suttons Bay welcomes Kingsley and Leland hosts Onekama.

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