From staff reports
CADILLAC — Jalen Brooks accounted for 23 points to lead Cadillac to a 48-36 victory over Traverse City Central in the Trojans’ boys basketball regular season finale on Thursday.
Central led early on, 12-10 after the first quarter, but Cadillac surged to a 22-18 lead at the half and slowly stretched that margin over the next two quarters. The Vikings were ahead 33-25 after the third period.
Andrew Emington chipped in 10 points for Cadillac.
Leading the Trojans (5-15, 5-7 Big North) were Zach Egbert and Nate Schlusler with seven points apiece. Central opens district play on Monday at home against Petoskey.
Central lost the junior varsity game 56-28. Max Franz had eight for the Trojans (4-16). The Central freshmen (13-6) posted a 46-34 win, behind a 12-point game from Ben Sherwin and 10 points from Fitz Doud.
ST. IGNACE 74, EAST JORDAN 72: East Jordan missed an open three-pointer that would have won the game in the final seconds as St. Ignace held on for a 74-72 win over the Red Devils.
In a game that was back-and-forth all night, the Saints outscored the Red Devils 19-15 in the final quarter to prevail. St. Ignace helped itself by converting on 23 of 31 foul shots in the game.
Jordan Weber led East Jordan (15-3) with 36 points, including eight three-pointers. Noah Bacchus added 11 and Isaiah Sladick had 10.
St. Ignace, which led 33-32 at the half, was led by Gage Kreski with 25 points and 17 from Cole Thompson.
East Jordan finishes the regular season tonight by hosting Boyne Falls.
STANDISH-STERLING 79, GRAYLING 77: Clay Walderzak’s field goal with seven seconds left was the difference as the Panthers edged Grayling 79-77 in a thrilling regular season finale.
The Vikings had two attempts to reclaim the lead, or tie it, following Walderzak’s bucket but they couldn’t convert.
Grayling tied the game eight seconds earlier when Justice Juntilla scored two of his game-high 24 points. He also added 14 boards. Tyler McClanahan chipped in with 19 points for the Vikings (11-9), while Carson Burmeister had 12 and Jake Swander 10.