2018-01-18 / Sports

Onekama hands Suttons Bay second straight overtime loss


SUTTONS BAY players Garrett Shananaquet (left) and Lucas Mikesell contest a Kingsley shot last Thursday. Suttons Bay would lose the game in overtime before dropping another overtime decision at Onekama on Tuesday. Photo: Ron Kramer SUTTONS BAY players Garrett Shananaquet (left) and Lucas Mikesell contest a Kingsley shot last Thursday. Suttons Bay would lose the game in overtime before dropping another overtime decision at Onekama on Tuesday. Photo: Ron Kramer Onekama found a hero in junior Aric Hopwood on Tuesday.

Hopwood’s putback in the closing seconds of overtime lifted the Portagers past visiting Suttons Bay, 54-52. Thomas Hursey offered a 35-foot rebuttal for Suttons Bay at the buzzer, but the potential game-winner bounced off the front of the rim.

The Norsemen (2-6, 1-5 Northwest) have now lost six of their last seven games — including back-to-back overtime losses to league opponents.

“What can you say? What can you do?” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said. “You play hard and you have to learn to pull these games out. We had this situation a couple years ago: People say we’re a pretty good team, and we are, but we have to get our young guys to make plays. Right now, we go to our experienced players. Once we get the other kids to feel confident, we’ll pull these games out.”

The loss came despite an impressive double-double from senior center Garrett Keith, who finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Fellow frontcourt mate Garrett Shananaquet added nine points and 10 rebounds while Hursey finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Jacob Mauntler paced the Portagers offensively with 11 points.

“I have my better players and am getting them in good positions to close out these games,” Anderson said. “Once we get one of these, we’ll start learning how to win. It’s not going to get any easier, though.”

The Norse, who are slated to host Mesick tonight, will welcome unbeaten Bear Lake to Suttons Bay on Tuesday.

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