KALKASKA — There was no shortage of clutch shots or buzzer beaters Friday night when Grayling edged Kalkaska 78-76 in a Lake Michigan Conference double overtime classic.
Grayling hit a game-tying, falling-down layup with time running out in regulation and had a go-ahead shot with two seconds left in double overtime to outlast the Blazers. Kalkaska forced the second overtime when Will Noble buried a three-pointer at the buzzer. Noble had a monster game for Kalkaska with 20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, six steals and four blocks.
Grayling’s Tyler McClanahan led all scorers with 24 points. Austin Cooper had a team-high 23 points for Kalkaska and added nine rebounds. Aaron Zimmerman chipped in 13 points and James Stosio had 11 points.
Kalkaska fell behind by seven points in the second overtime, fought back to tie the score, only to come up short in the waning seconds.
St. Francis 51
Harbor Springs 49
St. Francis held on for a 51-49 Lake Michigan Conference win over Harbor Springs.
The Rams missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds.
Byron Bullough paced the Gladiators (3-8, 2-6) with 21 points. Bullough was recognized before the game for surpassing the career 1,000-point mark this week. He’s the sixth Gladiator boys player to do so. Tanner Kenny added 17 points.
David Walker had 14 points and Bennett Langton 12 for Harbor Springs.
St. Francis won the JV game 60-44 as Marek Laucky scored 14 points and Gabe Callery 12 for the Gladiators, who face Kalkaska today.
The freshmen defeated McBain 70-27 Thursday. Sam Ludka and Sayler Tarrant each scored 12 points to lead the Gladiators (5-3).
Boyne City 51
Elk Rapids 39
Elk Rapids played well enough defensively, but didn’t execute well enough on offense as Boyne City handed the Elks a 51-39 loss.
Elk Rapids (11-3, 7-2 Lake Michigan) led 10-8 after one period and 21-18 at the half. Boyne got into a rhythm in the second half, pulled ahead and never looked back.
Ryan Carson had 20 points and Brad Fouchia added 16 for the Ramblers. For Elk Rapids, Nikola Dimitrov had 11 points and Shae Somers chipped in with 10.
East Jordan 53
East Jordan seized control in the fourth quarter and went on to down Charlevoix 53-40 in a Lake Michigan Conference battle.
Donnie Cutler and Jordan Weber each had 14 points for East Jordan (9-2, 7-2 LMC). Noah Bacchus had 11 in the win.
Nate Moon paced Charlevoix with 15 points.
East Jordan is at St. Francis on Tuesday.
TC West 66
Alex Scott scored 23 points and handed out five assists as Traverse City West slipped past Petoskey 66-56 in a Big North Conference tilt.
Stephan Sheppard had 17 points for the Titans (5-8), Thiyo Lukusa grabbed six rebounds and Jake Cerny had five boards.
The West JV, down nine at half, rallied for a 56-53 win to improve to 12-1. Josh Roman scored 21 points and Sam Alexander and Nick Brzezinski 13 apiece for the Titans. Josiah Wagner netted 16 for Petoskey.
The West freshmen, down eight at half, came back for a 65-61 double overtime win. Caleb Corwin scored 21 points, Evan Neibauer 14, Cody Knight 10 and Ben Rhodes nine. The freshmen are 11-1.
TC Central 57
Ogemaw Heights 30
Max Knoblock scored 19 points as Traverse City Central posted a 57-30 Big North Conference win over Ogemaw Heights.
“We did a good job defensively,” Trojans coach Jeff Turner said. “They didn’t get many easy baskets. And offensively we found a way to score.”
Nate Schlusler added nine points and seven assists for the Trojans (4-10, 4-5) while Mitch Wynkoop contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and took four charges.
Alex Stevens and Ben Hartley finished with 10 points apiece for the Falcons,.
Ogemaw Heights won the JV game 58-57. James Brumfield scored 24 points and Devante Walker 10 for Central.
The Trojans won the freshman game 42-22 as Jordan Ruckle and Ben Sherwin netted 12 points apiece.
Glen Lake 51
Mac Ewing led three double-figure scorers for Glen Lake, which bested Leland 51-30.
Carter Lee had 12 points and Travis Moore 11 for the Lakers.
Joel Sneed had nine for Leland (6-7, 4-5 Northwest).
David Loney scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Frankfort’s 77-47 victory over Mesick.
Luke Darling added 12 points and Cole Hollenbeck chipped in with 10 points for the Panthers (9-4, 7-2), who host Manistee on Monday.
Jordan Calhoun had 15 points to lead Mesick (5-9, 3-6 Northwest), which hosts Brethren on Monday.
Benzie Central 44
Stacy Almquist scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as Kingsley rallied for a 50-44 Northwest Conference win over Benzie Central.
The Stags were down 26-20, but outscored Benzie 20-10 in the third quarter.
Jarid Lueck added nine points.
Ismael Halaweh scored 11 points and Aaron Whaley and Javier Rodriquez nine for Benzie (4-8, 4-5), which travels to St. Francis on Monday.
Suttons Bay 87
Suttons Bay had its offense clicking against Buckley, hanging an 87-41 victory on the Bears.
Brandon McSawby led Suttons Bay’s offense with 15 points, Aaron Orban added 12 and Devin Capron 11.
Tyler Welch scored nine for Buckley.
Central Lake 34
Bellaire opened a 45-16 lead at half en route to an 80-34 Ski Valley win over Central Lake.
Denny Hall paced the unbeaten Eagles (12-0, 9-0) with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists. James Schrader added 17 points and Gabe Meriwether and Richard Winslow 10 apiece.
Will Brockman had 13 points and Isaac Mortensen 10 for the Trojans.
Bellaire returns to action today at Inland Lakes.
Forest Area 59
Nate Fox scored 29 points as Johannesburg-Lewiston pulled away to a 76-59 Ski Valley win over Forest Area
The Cardinals led 36-27 at half, then broke it open with a 23-10 surge in the third quarter.
Austin Vance’s 26 points led Forest Area (6-5), which hosts Inland Lakes on Monday.
Gaylord SM 66
Charles Strehl scored 23 points and Jack Lochinski 20 as Gaylord St. Mary upset Onaway 66-51 in Ski Valley play.
Onaway came into the game with just one league loss.
The Snowbirds (3-8, 2-5) led 22-16 at half.
Joe O’Bradovich netted 15 points and Carlos Bautista 11 for Onaway.
McBain NMC 62
TC Christian 51
McBain Northern Michigan Christian downed Traverse City Christian 62-51 in a non-league game.
Kevin Mannes and Kris Crosby led Christian (6-5) with 11 points apiece. Mannes pulled down 10 rebounds, Crosby eight. Ben Larkins added 10 points.
Bear Lake 78
Manistee CC 43
Shane Peterson’s 22 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals paced Bear Lake to a 78-43 West Michigan D win over Manistee Catholic.
Riley Merrill added 17 points and six rebounds and Tyler Johnson 13 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Lakers (9-2, 8-1), who travel to Mason County Eastern on Wednesday.
Ben Feliczak netted 15 for Catholic.
Cadillac H. Christian 48
GT Academy 43
Grand Traverse Academy’s first victory of the season was right within the Mustangs’ grasp.
But Nick Potgetter’s three-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation tied it for Cadillac Heritage Christian and it went on to beat GTA 48-43 in overtime.
Quinn Crago scored seven of his 27 in the overtime, accounting for more than half his team’s total in the extra period.
Leading GTA (0-8) were Jonah Hatch and Carson Camp, each with 13 points.
TC Bulldogs 42
John Ehnis hit a last-second shot that broke a deadlocked score and gave the Traverse City Bulldogs a 42-40 win over Northport.
Ehnis led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
The game was close the entire night. The Bulldogs led 8-6 after one period and 19-17 at the half. Northport held a 30-27 lead entering the fourth.
Jake Brown led all scorers with 24 points for Northport (2-12).
Cadillac outscored Manistee 39-15 in the second half as the Vikings took a 61-29 non-league victory.
Andrew Emington had 12 points, Jalen Brooks 11 and Justin Liptak 10 for Cadillac (9-3), which is at Petoskey today.
Manistee was led by Alex Bialik with 18 points.
Ogemaw Heights 49
TC Central 33
Sam Hasse scored nine consecutive points to start the second quarter to help Ogemaw Heights pull away to a 49-33 Big North Conference win over Traverse City Central.
Hasse’s nine points turned a 6-6 deadlock into a 15-6 lead for the Falcons (4-11, 3-8). Hasse finished with 17 points.
Sarah Fraser netted 13 for the Trojans (4-12, 4-6), who travel to Gaylord on Wednesday.
St. Francis 42
Harbor Springs 34
St. Francis remained unbeaten in the Lake Michigan Conference with a 42-34 win over Harbor Springs.
The Gladiators (13-2, 9-0) led 22-16 at half. Sarah Carney led the attack with 12 points and Annie Lyman 11.
The St. Francis JV posted a 28-27 win. Colleen LaBonte led the Gladiators (6-10) with 10 points. Gigi Ward had seven.
Elk Rapids 43
Boyne City 35
Rachel Hintz scored 24 points as Elk Rapids improved to 7-1 in the Lake Michigan Conference with a 43-35 win over Boyne City.
Bridget Hintz added 10 for the Elks (11-3 overall). Rainey McCune paced Boyne City with 12.
Taylor Kibbe scored 16 points and had six steals to lead Kalkaska to a 57-46 victory over Grayling.
Natalie Ryckman added 10 points for the Blazers (10-4). Leading Grayling were Sam Denno with 15 points and Cierra Prosser with 12.
East Jordan 38
Kelsey Engstrom hit six 3-pointers as Charlevoix beat East Jordan 52-38 in Lake Michigan Conference play.
Engstrom finished with 20 points. Madeline Boss added 14 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals. Paige Poindexter paced East Jordan with 12.
The Rayders (8-7, 5-4) host Harbor Springs on Tuesday.
Down 5-2 six minutes into the game, Frankfort went on a 37-0 run to close out the half en route to a 53-22 Northwest Conference win over Mesick.
Mackenna Kelly led the Panthers (15-1, 10-0) with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Shayla Soto added 11 points.
Abby Trowbridge led Mesick (2-13) with nine points and nine rebounds.
Lake Leelanau SM 59
All nine Lake Leelanau St. Mary players scored in a 59-28 non-league win over Pentwater on Senior Night.
Mary Rexroat led the attack with 13 points. Hannah Weber added 10 and Abbi Thon nine for the Eagles (8-7), who travel to Onekama on Tuesday.
TC Bulldogs 46
The Traverse City Bulldogs opened a 20-9 lead at half en route to a 46-35 win over Northport.
Sarah Plamondon’s 19 points, seven rebounds and seven steals paced the Bulldogs (13-5), who travel to Leland on Monday. Molly Plamondon added 13 points.
Mariah Kalchik paced Northport with 13 points.
TC West 1
Traverse City West played right with Northville into the third period.
But the Mustangs, ranked in Division 1, pulled away late in the third and ended up with a 4-1 victory at the MIHL Showcase in Trenton.
Eric Anton scored West’s lone goal, assisted by John Linenger and Jake Saxton. Anton’s score cut the Northville lead to 2-1, but the Mustangs tacked on two goals down the stretch — one an empty-netter.
The game was scoreless after one period and Northville held a slim 1-0 lead after two.
Brandon Lacharite made 26 saves for the Titans, who face Grand Rapids Catholic Central today in the second day of the Showcase.
Detroit Country Day 8
TC Central 3
Parker Hebden scored the first of his two goals just 1:11 into TC Central’s game against Detroit Country Day at the MIHL Showcase.
Unfortunately for Central, Country Day followed the early Trojan goal with the next six scores as Country Day beat Central 8-3.
Hebden broke the unanswered streak with a power play goal midway through the second period, but Central couldn’t get any closer. Alex Oliver scored the final Central goal. Oliver tallied two assists, and Hebden and Cooper Marshall also had assists.
Jack Boyce made 10 saves in net for the Trojans, who face Trenton today.
TC Hounds 5
The Traverse City Hounds erupted for four goals in the third period to beat the Bloomington Junior Blaze 5-2 in the Midwest Junior Hockey League game at Centre ICE.
Jacob Gillis and Vaughn Clouston scored two goals apiece for the Hounds. Gillis had an unassisted goal 4:33 into the third period that snapped a 1-1 tie.
Kevin Hansen also tallied for the Hounds. His power play goal came in the second period off assists from Premysl Synek and Ken Simmons. Synek finished with two assists.
The Hounds outshot Bloomington 46-15. David Krejcik was in goal for Traverse City.