GAYLORD — Traverse City Central clinched the Big North Conference championship on Wednesday and the Trojans did it in a convincing way.
Four Central players scored multiple goals and 10 lit the lamp in total as the Trojans mercied Gaylord 14-2.
Cam Givens, Alex Oliver, John Peters and Derek Schrank each scored twice for Central, which broke a 1-1 tie with six goals to end the first period and seven more to start the second period.
Givens and Oliver had two assists to go with their goals, while Cooper Marshall and Parker Hebden also had scores and contributed four points.
Other goals came from Reilly deTar, Zach Bohrer, Joe Videki and Noah Batcha. Bohrer, Videki and Jack Stevenson had two assists each. Single assists went to deTar, Derek Becker, Drew Girard-Pampu and Andrew Froese.
Darrell Carlisle stood in net for the Trojans and made four saves.
Central (13-8-1, 7-1-1 Big North) steps out of conference to play Muskegon Mona Shores on Saturday.
TC Central 38
Gaylord used a fourth-quarter run to pull away from Traverse City Central, 50-38, in a Big North Conference match up.
The Blue Devils, undefeated in league play (9-0), outscored the Trojans 13-4 in the last quarter of a game that Central led early — the Trojans were ahead 12-9 after one period — and kept close until late in the second half.
Sierra Fraser and Callie Bartkowiak each had eight points for the Trojans (4-13, 4-7). Sydney Kassuba had 12 for Gaylord (12-4).
Gaylord won the junior varsity and freshman games. Montanna Brumfield had seven in the JV’s 36-17 loss. Gaylord won the freshman game 53-31.
Boyne City 69
Rainy McCune scored 25 points to lead Boyne City past Grayling 69-61.
The Ramblers had to hold off the Vikings in the final quarter as Grayling tried to erase a 13-point deficit entering the fourth.
Cierra Prosser had 26 points and six assists, and Sammy Denno chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds for Grayling, which is at Charlevoix on Friday.
TC Central 47
Nate Schlusler made a pair of crucial free throws in double overtime to give Traverse City Central a Big North Conference road victory over Gaylord.
Max Knoblock made a pair from the stripe with less than 10 seconds left in the first overtime to force another session, and Mitch Wynkoop’s bucket with two seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
Wynkoop led the Trojans (5-11, 5-5 BNC) with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jackson Schrameyer added 10 points and nine boards and Schlusler had eight assists.
Collin Watters led Gaylord with 20 points.
Gaylord won the JV game 58-39 behind 31 points from Jack Corte. Devante Walker had 12 for Central.
The Trojans won the freshman game 42-25.
Suttons Bay 58
Benzie Central 47
Suttons Bay used a 15-6 run in the second quarter to overtake Benzie Central and grab a 58-47 victory.
The Norsemen used their second quarter to go into halftime with a 22-14 lead.
Aaron Orban had 10 points for Suttons Bay (12-4, 8-2 Northwest). Leading Benzie Central (4-10, 4-7) were Aaron Whaley with 14 points and Javier Rodriquez with 12.
Suttons Bay is at Frankfort on Friday in a key Northwest Conference showdown, while Benzie is at Buckley.
Brandon Dingman scored a game-high 31 points in Mancelona’s 61-43 win against Onaway, moving the Ironmen into second place in the Ski Valley.
Dingman also recorded nine boards for the Ironmen (10-3, 7-2), who are at Central Lake on Friday. Logan Borst chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, Griffin Borst had nine rebounds and Justin Spires added eight points.
Joe O’Bradovich had 20 points for Onaway (11-4, 8-3) and Andrew Prow added nine points.
East Jordan 65
East Jordan ran out to a 33-11 halftime lead and went on to defeat Ellsworth 65-33.
Noah Bacchus led the Red Devils (11-2) with 20 points and Collin Petrie had 11 points.
East Jordan is at Kalkaska on Friday.
Bellaire held Johannesburg-Lewiston scoreless in the first quarter and went on to defeat the Cardinals 68-47.
The Eagles (15-0, 11-0 Ski Valley) held a 14-0 lead after the opening stanza and went into the half ahead 34-14.
Denny Hall had 21 points, four assists and 10 rebounds in the win. Also contributing for Bellaire were James Schrader with 17 points and Hayden Niepoth with 10.
Nate Fox had 16 to lead Joburg, Logan Huff had 13 and Brandon Huff had 10.
Forest Area 53
Inland Lakes 35
Down 17-15 at halftime, Forest Area kicked its offense into gear and ended up with a 53-35 Ski Valley Conference victory over Inland Lakes.
Austin Vance and Justin Burke each had 15 points, with Burke adding eight rebounds and five assists and Vance chipping in four assists out of the post. Chris Birgy contributed eight points.
Forest Area (7-5, 4-5 SVC) hosts undefeated Bellaire on Friday.
Gaylord St. Mary 55
Charles Strael had 25 points and Nick Harrington added 17 as Gaylord St. Mary defeated Alanson 55-44 in non-league action.
The Snowbirds led 32-23 at the half.
Zach Peters led Alanson with 12 points.
Bear Lake 86
Mason Co. Eastern 73
Bear Lake had all five starters in double figures as it downed Mason County Eastern 86-73.
Riley Merrill led the Lakers 28 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and four blocks, Bryson Waller had 19 points and Shane Peterson chipped in with 13 points, eight steals and nine assists.
The Lakers (10-2, 9-1 West Michigan D) host Big Rapids Crossroads on Friday.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski and James Cook