TRAVERSE CITY — Tyler Pintar’s tip-in with one second left was the difference in Alpena’s 72-70 victory over Traverse City West on Monday in Big North boys basketball action.
West went into the final period holding a 53-46 lead, but couldn’t contain the league-leading Wildcats down the stretch.
Andy Marwede paced Alpena (14-1, 9-1 Big North) with 26 points.
For West (6-10, 5-4), Alex Scott had 18 points, Stephen Sheppard had 17 and Johnny Wheelock chipped in 11.
West won the junior varsity game 61-47 to improve to 14-2. Sam Alexander had 21 points and seven rebounds and Nick Brzezinski scored 11.
Junior David Loney passed the 1,000-point career mark in Frankfort’s 72-40 victory against Leland.
Loney ended the night with 17 points and 10 boards. He’s got 1,009 points for his career. Brandon Schaub added 17 points and Sam Stockdale had 10 for the Panthers (11-5, 8-3 Northwest). Jonah Wilson led Leland with 10 points.
Frankfort, which led 33-16 at the half, outrebounded the Comets 49-20. Frankfort takes the floor on Wednesday against Glen Lake.
Boyne City 56
Boyne City missed a chance to beat Charlevoix in the final second of regulation, but the Ramblers didn’t let that opportunity pass when the two teams went to overtime as Boyne City remained undefeated with a 56-50 overtime victory over the Rayders.
Charlevoix held Boyne scoreless in the fourth quarter, erasing a double-digit deficit in the last eight minutes. But the Ramblers had victory within their grasp with one second to play in the fourth, but a missed 1-and-1 put the game into the extra session. In overtime Boyne doubled up the Rayders, outscoring them 12-6 to improve to 15-0 and 12-0 in the Lake Michigan Conference.
Corey Redman scored 16 points to lead Boyne, while Ryan Carson had 13, Brad Fouchia 12 and Cole Butler 10. For Charlevoix (6-9, 5-6), Austin Putman had 22 points and Nick Plude 10.
TC Christian 52
GT Academy 19
Traverse City Christian advanced to the Cherryland Conference tournament finals with a 52-19 victory over Grand Traverse Academy.
The Sabres will host Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s — which beat Northport — in Thursday’s title game.
Kris Crosby led Christian with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two rebounds, hitting on seven of eight field goals.
Ben Larkins added 13 points and Kevin Mannes pitched in eight points and 10 boards.
TC Christian (10-6) also hosts Manton tonight.
Dan Lock led GT Academy with 10 points.
Inland Lakes 55
Mancelona jumped out to a 21-8 lead and held on for a 69-55 Ski Valley Conference victory over Inland Lakes.
Brandon Dingman led the Ironmen with 28 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Justin Spires added 18 points and eight boards and Griffin Borst had seven rebounds and six points.
Mancelona (12-3, 11-2 SVC) travels Wednesday to Gaylord St. Mary.
Forest Area 74
Justin Burke scored 30 points to lead Forest Area to a 74-69 Ski Valley Conference victory over Pellston.
Burke added 10 rebounds and five steals. He’s 67 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Austin Vance pitched in 26 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals, while Trevor Vance added 10 points.
Pellston was led by Will Sheldon’s 24 and 21 by Austin Hamlin.
Forest Area (9-6, 7-5 SVC) hosts Onaway on Wednesday.
Bear Lake 75
Mason County Eastern 46
Shane Peterson scored 19 points to lead Bear Lake past Mason County Eastern 75-46.
Tyler Johnson added 15 points and nine boards, while Riley Merrill had 11 points and nine boards for the Lakers (13-2, 12-1 West Michigan D).
Bear Lake is at Brethren Wednesday.
TC St. Francis JV 56
Charlevoix JV 47
The Traverse City St. Francis boys junior varsity basketball team improved to 12-4 with a 56-47 victory over Charlevoix.
Marek Laucky had 21 points for the Gladiators and Matthew Biggar added nine. St. Francis heads to Kalkaska on Thursday.
Sault Ste. Marie 50
TC Central 30
Haley Morley scored 11 points and two other Sault Ste. Marie players hit double figures in a 50-30 non-conference win over Traverse City Central.
Brenna James and Kaitie Beaumont each had 10 for the Blue Devils (13-5), who hit 22 free throws and were limited to just two field goals in the second half as the Trojans cut the lead to as little as eight.
Taylor Cobb led Central (4-14) with nine points. The Trojans travel Thursday to play rival Traverse City West.
The Soo won the JV game 41-38, despite 13 points from Abby Green and 12 by Emily Jenkins for Central (10-9).
East Jordan 39
Elk Rapids 38
Elk Rapids’s Emily Huber drained a three-pointer with three seconds to go to tie the score, but East Jordan drew a foul with 0.7 seconds left and buried a foul shot that proved to be the difference in a 39-38 win for the Red Devils.
Paige Granger had 19 points for Elk Rapids (12-6, 8-4 Lake Michigan). For East Jordan, Lindsay Schroeder had 11 points and Paige Poindexter added 10.
Elk Rapids hosts Harbor Springs tonight.
Boyne City 47
Behind Rainy McCune’s 21 point night, Boyne City defeated Charlevoix 47-32.
Mallory Karazewski added 13 points for the Ramblers. Madeline Boss led Charlevoix with 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Alexis Tribfelner added eight points and three steals, while Gabby Gray had five points, eight steals and four assists.
Mesick held a 30-23 lead entering the fourth quarter and made the stops defensively at the end to beat Leland 38-36.
Bethany Watson had 12 points for the Bulldogs (3-15, 1-11 Northwest) and Clara Jurik chipped in with eight points and 12 boards.
Mesick, which hosts Suttons Bay tonight, led 20-17 at the half.
For Leland, Caitlin McKee led the way with 14 points and Libby Munoz had 12.
Glen Lake 47
Suttons Bay 29
Glen Lake had six players score six or more points in a 47-29 Northwest Conference win over Suttons Bay.
Jessica Lee and McKenna Turrill led the way, with Lee notching nine points, eight rebounds and three assists and Turrill pouring in nine points and 11 rebounds.
Jordan Peplinski added eight points and seven boards, Maddy Brown had seven points, seven rebounds and four steals and Kelly Bunek and Alex LaCross each scored a half dozen points.
The Lakers (12-6, 9-3 NWC) host Benzie Central today.
Jane Hursey led Suttons Bay with 10 points.
Central Lake 40
Inland Lakes 18
Central Lake played some suffocating defense to notch a 40-18 Ski Valley Conference win over Inland Lakes.
The Trojans (12-6, 9-6 SVC) held the Bulldogs to four second-half points, including one in the third quarter.
Central Lake, meanwhile, hit 12 of 16 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, scoring as many points in that stanza (18) as Inland Lakes had in the game.
Alexis Carpenter led the Trojans with 11 points and Allie Hines had eight.
Allison Furst led the Bulldogs with five points.
Forest Area 36
Hanah Carter scored 23 points — including 11 from the free throw line — to lead Pellston to a 62-36 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
Ainsley MacLean scored 15 and Kelly Lewis 13 for the Hornets.
Onna Hulwick scored 12 points and Ally Schuster 10 for the Warriors, who host Gaylord St. Mary today.
Mason Cty Central 39
Manistee ran its record to 18-0 after it beat Mason County Central 53-39.
Emily Kott led the Chippewas with 17 points, while Annie Fuller and Audrey Tomaszewski had nine points each. Jessica Gustad added eight boards for Manistee, which had a season-best 15 assists and finishes the regular season tonight at Fremont.
Madison Geers led Central with 28 points.
TC St. Francis JV 43
Charlevoix JV 37
Colleen LaBonte had 18 points and Alayna Anderson added seven as Traverse City St. Francis’s junior varsity defeated Charlevoix 43-37.
Hannah Zipp led Charlevoix with 15 points and Beth Veenstra had 12.
St. Francis (9-10) faces Kalkaska on the road on Thursday.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski