2018-03-01 / Sports

Eagles knock off Sabres for first Cherryland Conference win

St. Mary tops TC Christian, falls at home in 2018 finale


ST. MARY players huddle up prior to a win over Traverse City Christian on Friday. The team will play Suttons Bay in the district quarterfinals Wednesday. 
Photo: Carol Tondreau ST. MARY players huddle up prior to a win over Traverse City Christian on Friday. The team will play Suttons Bay in the district quarterfinals Wednesday. Photo: Carol Tondreau Austin Tarsa is going out swinging.

At least that’s how the St. Mary senior played offensively in two games last week, scoring 14 points in a 40-27 win at Traverse City Christian on Friday and 26 points in a 63-50 loss to the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association on Tuesday.

“He has the ability to almost score at will,” St. Mary coach Jim Dybevik said of Tarsa on Tuesday. “He’s had some trouble hitting inside but tonight he hit inside and outside.”

Tarsa will look to stay hot Wednesday as St. Mary (4-14, 1-5 Cherryland) looks to knock off reigning district champion Suttons Bay on its home floor.

That’ll be a tall task for a team that has had its struggles this season.

“We felt we could have been more competitive at times, but it’s a new system with a new coach and new expectations,” Dybevik said.

Much was forgiven after the conference win at Traverse City Christian, a first for St. Mary in years.

Harrison Schaub helped St. Mary get the job done, scoring 10 points.

“We just kept on playing,” Dybevik said. “It was just one of those games where we kept the momentum. We forced quite a few turnovers on our press and converted them.”

The Eagles found themselves on the other side of the coin Tuesday, coughing up 13 turnovers in the home loss.

They’ll look to be better Wednesday.

“We’ll throw a few surprises at them,” Dybevik said. “Obviously, we can’t play their game. They’re a tough squad. If we try to match player for player... we don’t have that skill level. We’ll try to do some things differently to see if we can get things in our favor.”

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