2018-03-08 / Sports

Keith, reigning district champs start strong

22-3 run helps Norsemen roll past Eagles in district opener


SUTTONS BAY sophomore Bryce Opie rolls a shot toward the rim Monday in the second half of his team’s 66-30 district quarterfinal victory over visiting Lake Leelanau St. Mary. Photo: Ron Kramer SUTTONS BAY sophomore Bryce Opie rolls a shot toward the rim Monday in the second half of his team’s 66-30 district quarterfinal victory over visiting Lake Leelanau St. Mary. Photo: Ron Kramer Austin Tarsa attacked along the baseline, maneuvered around a defender and banked one in off the square.

The layup put Lake Leelanau St. Mary up 12-8 late in the first quarter and had the road fans on their feet.

But the lead didn’t last.

The Garretts — Garrett Keith and Garrett Shananaquet — dominated inside as Suttons Bay stormed back with 14 unanswered points and an eventual 66-30 district quarterfinal win on Monday.

“They came out ready to play,” Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson said of the Eagles. “I expected that to happen. If you don’t go out and take care of business early, you end up being down 12-10 after the first quarter.”

The Norsemen (9-12) captured momentum in the second stanza by blitzing St. Mary ball handlers at every turn and by crashing the boards with authority. The Eagles (4-15), who have struggled offensively, had no answer.

Suttons Bay outscored St. Mary 20-3 in the second quarter, 21-6 in the third and 15-9 in the fourth.

“We played really strong in the first quarter, but unfortunately it takes four quarters to win a basketball game,” St. Mary coach Jim Dybevik said. “We wanted to get off to a good start and the kids played really, really hard, but the Achilles’ heel all year was our shooting. We made shots in the first quarter but didn’t make much after that.”

Keith led the way for Suttons Bay with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas Hursey matched him for the game high, scoring 13 points and corralling eight rebounds. Lucas Mikesell, a sophomore, scored 10 points.

Tarsa tallied 12 points to lead the Eagles offensively. Cameron Tarsa, who made his first start, scored seven.

“They’re just well schooled,” Dybevik said of the Norsemen. “They transition very well and, after the first quarter, they started sending everybody to the boards. That’s where we lost it. By the third quarter, everyone was coming in and crashing. We didn’t have the manpower to stay with it.”

Suttons Bay was slated to host Traverse City Christian after press time last night. The Norsemen won the previous meeting in their regular-season opener in Traverse City 78-51. The winner will play Frankfort (18-2) or Northport (12-6) in the final on Friday.

The Eagles, meanwhile, look to the future — which appears promising.

Dybevik said the St. Mary JV team finished with a 14-3 record this year under Dan Durkin’s direction.

“Very successful,” Dybevik said. “We’ve got good kids coming up. I’ve watched the third and fourth graders. The fifth and sixth graders were winning consistently. The seventh- and eighthgrade teams were doing very well. We’ve got a couple eighth graders up on JV, and we’ve got some strong kids coming back. The program is in good shape. We’ve gone through one year of a new coach in a new system and we’ll be meeting with the kids, going through the evaluations and going through the programs in the summer. It just depends how much they want to improve.

“But the future looks bright.”

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