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.