Traverse City Record-Eagle

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January 9, 2014

Red Devils burn Gladiators

EAST JORDAN — Knocking down free throws all over, East Jordan also knocked off Traverse City St. Francis.

The Red Devils hit 27 of 35 from the charity stripe in the 71-56 home victory.

“I think it’s our first win over St. Francis in over a decade,” East Jordan coach Darin Weber said. “I know it’s been a long time.”

Noah Bacchus was 9 of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter, ending up with 18 points. Jordan Weber led the Devils with 25 points, hitting five 3-pointers and going 6 for 6 from the stripe. Dustin Hajka added eight points and 10 rebounds.

East Jordan (3-1, 1-1 Lake Michigan Conference) jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and 38-19 at halftime.

Noah Phillips and Byron Bullough led St. Francis (1-3) with 17 points each, and Dylan Sheehy added 15.

The Gladiators won the junior varsity game 48-29 behind 13 points from Gabe Callery. East Jordan won the freshman game 62-58, despite 17 points each by Chris Kolarevic and Matt Brown.

BOYS HOOPS

Petoskey 56

TC West 50

Nick Mesnard led three Petoskey players in double figures in a 56-50 Big North Conference win over Traverse City West.

Mesnard scored 13 points, and Jason Bur and Joe LaBlanc each had 10 for the Northmen (5-1, 2-0 BNC).

Stephen Shepherd scored 14 points and Thiyo Lukusa 13 for the Titans, who trailed by seven at halftime and pulled within four by the start of the fourth quarter.

Nick Brzezinski scored 15 points for TC West JV in a 53-39 setback against Petoskey. Josh Roman added 10 points for the Titans.

Boyne City 64

Grayling 54

Boyne City remained undefeated with a 64-54 Lake Michigan Conference win over Grayling.

The setback was the Vikings’ first of the season.

Corey Redman led the Ramblers with 19 points, Cole Butler added 13 and Maceo Vroman 12.

Justice Juntilla scored 17 to pace Grayling (4-1).

Mesick 76

Buckley 62

Mesick had five players hit double-digits in a 76-62 win over rival Buckley.

Peter Roush led the way with a game-high 18 points.

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