From staff reports
MUSKEGON — Traverse City Central was unable to make a 2-1 lead entering the final period stand as Muskegon Reeths-Puffer scored twice in the final five minutes to upend the Trojans 3-2 in a pre-regional hockey contest Tuesday night.
Josh Smith tied the game for Reeths-Puffer with 5:17 remaining and Riley Draper scored the game-winner on a power play with 35 seconds to go.
“There was a penalty on Reeths-Puffer with 3:35 to go, and as soon as that penalty was over they called one on us,” said Central coach Chris Givens. “We had some really good chances on the power play, but their goalie came up big. We weren’t able to convert and they converted on theirs.”
After a scoreless first period, Central took the lead on a goal from Rhys Adle at the 6:38 mark of the second period. Buddy Rose and Joe Videki added assists. Reeths-Puffer tied the score two minutes later on a goal by Kyle Kendra, assisted by Smith.
Central (13-11-1) went in front a second time at the 13:13 mark on a power play goal from Cam Givens, with assists to Alex Oliver and Derek Schrank.
Darrell Carlisle was in goal for the Trojans, who outshot the Rockets 40-24.
The win advances Reeths-Puffer into the semifinals on Thursday against Muskegon Mona Shores, which mercied Petoskey 9-1 in the first game of the night.
Bellaire wrapped up the Ski Valley Conference boys basketball championship, beating Mancelona 53-42.
After a tough battle with the Ironmen in the first half, with Bellaire clinging to a 26-23 lead, the Eagles took over in the third quarter and established a double digit lead.
Denny Hall had 18 points for the Eagles (19-0, 15-0 Ski Valley), while Hayden Niepoth added 10, and Adam Underwood and Hunter Rowe eight apiece.
Mancelona was led by Brandon Dingman with 16 points and Griffin Borst with 15.
Bellaire completes the regular season on Thursday at Onaway.
Elk Rapids 51
Elk Rapids knocked down free throws and played tough defense late as the Elks held off Frankfort 51-46 in a non-league contest.
The Elks had to overcome early Frankfort leads of 15-8 after the first quarter and 26-23 at the half. The Elks jumped ahead 39-35 after three quarters.
Cole Walker led the Elks (15-5) with 21 points. Frankfort was paced by 21 points from Brandon Schaub.
Elk Rapids faces Boyne City in district play on Monday in Mancelona.
TC Central 47
Midland outscored Traverse City Central 45-15 in the second and third quarters en route to a 70-47 win.
The Trojans held a 10-9 lead after one period, but saw the game get away from them in the next 16 minutes.
Nate Schlusler led Central (5-14) with 10 points.
The Central junior varsity lost 75-25. Magnus Carlson had 12 points for Central.
In the freshman game Central lost 54-42. Nik Norton led the way with 12 points and Terrell Solberg added 11 points.
Central closes the regular season on Thursday at Cadillac.
TC Christian 72
Bear Lake 58
Kris Crosby poured in 31 points, to go with 14 rebounds and five assists, as Traverse City Christian defeated Bear Lake 72-58.
Kevin Mannes added 13 for the Sabres on a perfect night from the floor (6-for-6). Ben Larkins had 12 points and six rebounds, while A.J. Weber scored nine points.
The Sabres (13-6) led 19-12 after one period and 35-21 at the half.
Shane Peterson led Bear Lake (13-4) with 19 points, five assists and four steals while Riley Merrill had 16 points and eight rebounds. The Lakers are at Baldwin on Thursday.
Kingsley went ahead for good in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter in a 57-51 victory over Mesick.
The game was tied 29-29 at halftime and again heading into the fourth quarter, 42-42. The Stags (9-10, 7-6 Northwest) trailed by four with just over three minutes to go, cut it to one on a three-pointer by Stacy Almquist and took the lead moments later.
Tyler Newell led Kingsley with 14 points, with seven of those coming in the decisive fourth period. Almquist added 10 points.
Peter Roush had 20 for Mesick, which hosts Kingsley in a rematch on Thursday.
Rogers City 59
Onaway’s Joe O’Bradovich set a single-game scoring record with 48 points — and went over the 1,000-point plateau for his career — as the Cardinals beat Rogers City 83-59.
The scoring mark broke the old record of 44 set in 1998. O’Bradovich is only the second boys basketball player at the school to score more than 1,000 points since 1989.
Carlos Bautista added 19 points and 18 rebounds for Onaway, which led 36-28 at the half and blew the game open in the last two quarters.
Onaway (15-4) hosts Bellaire on Thursday.
Forest Area 63
Gaylord St. Mary 49
Justin Burke led four Forest Area players in double figures with 19 points as the Warriors knocked off Gaylord St. Mary 63-49.
Burke also added 10 rebounds in the win. Also for Forest Area, Austin Vance had 13 points, nine boards, five assists and three steals, Trevor Vance had 11 points and four assists, Alex Birgy had 11 points and Chris Birgy pulled down nine rebounds.
Nate Harrington led St. Mary with 22 points.
Forest Area (10-8) hosts Kalkaska tonight.
LL St. Mary 56
Lake Leelanau St. Mary built a 30-12 halftime lead and held off a second-half comeback attempt from Leland in a 56-44 victory.
Dan Duperon had 17 points and Jack Garthe 11 for St. Mary. For Leland, Tyler Leveque had 15 points, Austin Fellows 14 and Cameron Stowe 11.
Leland (8-10) hosts Benzie Central on Thursday.
McBain NMC 37
After trailing by one point after the first period, the rest of the game belonged to Manton in a 61-37 victory over McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
The Rangers turned a 12-11 deficit into a 32-20 halftime lead and they never looked back.
Tyler Swing had 12 points and seven rebounds for Manton, which also had 11 points from Jonah Nelson and 10 from Brock Clough.
Manton (8-11) is at Marion on Thursday.
Justice Juntilla had 14 points and Tyler McClanahan added 12 as Grayling upended Gaylord 62-45.
Zack Pasternak led Gaylord with 13 points.
TC Bulldogs 47
GT Academy 38
Jon Ehnis led the TC Bulldogs with 20 points and the Bulldogs took a 47-38 victory from Grand Traverse Academy.
Craig Flees added 12 points for the Bulldogs.
For Grand Traverse Academy, Dan Lock had 15 points. The Mustangs face Northport on Thursday in a Cherryland Conference tournament make-up game.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski