Traverse City St. Francis was unable to hold a 14-point lead in the final five minutes and suffered a 70-64 loss to Grayling Wednesday in boys basketball play at St. Francis High School.
The Gladiators (0-2, 0-1 Lake Michigan) were in control and on their way to their first win of the season when Grayling knocked down some three-point shots and forced St. Francis into turnovers. The Vikings went ahead for good with about a minute and a half to play.
Geoff Wilson paced Grayling with 21 points and Justin Juntilla added 17. St. Francis was led by Noah Phillips with 19 points, Byron Bullough with 15 points and Michael Olm with 12.
The Gladiators host McBain on Saturday.
TC West 55
Cadillac senior Jalen Brooks scored 37 points, including going 13 of 14 from the free throw line, in leading Cadillac to a 62-55 victory over Traverse City West.
Traverse City West (1-3), which led 25-23 at halftime, was led by 15 points from Stephan Sheppard and 10 points from Tristan Roman.
Cadillac went 27-for-30 as a team from the foul line to claim the victory.
In the junior varsity game West won 52-32. Josh Roman had 22 points for the Titans. The West freshman beat Cadillac 54-37 as Carson Rosa had 11 points and Evan Neibauer added nine.
TC Central 32
TC Central took its first Big North Conference loss as Petoskey downed the Trojans 52-32.
Jackson Schrameyer had eight points for the Trojans (1-2, 1-1 Big North). Petoskey was led by Parker Momley’s 15 points and 12 from Joe LeBlanc.
Petoskey won the JV game 83-51. For Central, Devante Walker had 13 points.
In the freshman game Petoskey took a 39-32 win. Central was paced by Jordan Ruckle’s 10 points.
Central hosts Gaylord on Friday.
Glen Lake 68
Glen Lake jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one period and cruised to a 68-49 win over Buckley.
Glen Lake’s Jarred Ritter scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Mac Ewing added 15 points and Logan Lacross had 12 for the Lakers (2-2), who held a 35-19 advantage at the half and a 51-29 lead after three quarters. Leading Buckley was Tyler Welch with 19 points.
Glen Lake faces Manistee on Thursday.
Benzie Central 25
Frankfort built a 31-13 halftime lead on the way to a 49-25 victory over Benzie Central.
All 10 players scored for Frankfort (2-0, 1-0 Northwest) led by Mason Loney’s 12 points. David Loney had 11 rebounds for the Panthers, who outrebounded Benzie 30-20.
Javier Rodriguez led Benzie Central with seven points.
Frankfort travels to Cedarville on Dec. 27.
Suttons Bay 46
Aaron Orban scored 12 points and Casey Cross had 11 points as Suttons Bay defeated Kingsley 46-39.
Leading Kingsley were Tyler Newell with 13 points and Tyler Case with 11 points.
Suttons Bay, which led 17-13 at the half, improved to 2-1 with the win. The Norsemen travel to Benzie Central on Jan. 7.
Elk Rapids 63
Behind a fast start, which saw the Elks lead 23-3 after one period, Elk Rapids cruised to a 63-32 victory over Charlevoix.
Cole Walker had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Nikola Dimitrov added 12 points, Shae Somers chipped in with 11 points, while Adam Trautman had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Leading Charlevoix was Nick Plude with nine points.
Elk Rapids (3-0) hosts Boyne City on Friday.
Harbor Springs 57
Kalkaska led throughout the first half, but Harbor Springs used a good second-half run to down the Blazers 57-51.
Kalkaska (1-1) held a 17-15 lead after one period and 30-28 at the half, but was outscored by three points in each of the last two quarters.
Will Noble led the Blazers with 18 points and six rebounds. James Stosio had 11 points, while Kameron Cavanaugh had eight points, five boards and four assists. Harbor Springs’ Jack Carter led all scorers with 21 points.
Inland Lakes 34
Brandon Dingman had a solid all-around game to lead Mancelona over Inland Lakes, 61-34.
Dingman contributed 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Ironmen (2-1). Justin Spires had 13 points and six boards, while Jacob Allen added 10 points in the win.
Gaylord St. Mary 56
Central Lake 45
Cameron Jaunek had 22 points to lead Gaylord St. Mary past Central Lake 56-45 in a Ski Valley Conference matchup.
Central Lake’s Will Brockman led all scorers with 27 points.
Anthony Driver scored a game-high 22 points, but Northport fell to Alba 52-32.
Leading Alba was Brandin Milbocker with 14 points.
Northport (0-4) is at Evart on Friday.
Forest Area 59
Forest Area was able to put Pellston away in the fourth quarter of a 59-46 victory in Ski Valley Conference action.
The Warriors (2-1) grabbed some big offensive boards and converted those into points down the stretch to create separation from a Pellston team that hung tough for three quarters.
Justin Burke led Forest Area with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Austin Vance had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Five of Vance’s boards were offensive rebounds.
Conner Kintz had 16 of his 22 points in the second half for Pellston.
Forest Area travels to Joburg on Thursday.
Joe O’Bradovich had 23 points and 12 rebounds as Onaway (1-1) downed Johannesburg-Lewiston 65-55.
Carlos Bautista had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals for Onaway and Andrew Prow added 11 points.
Leading Joburg was Coalton Huff with 17 points.
Lake City 63
Senior Drew Marion hit for 20 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists as Lake City (2-1, 1-0) opened Highland Conference play at home with a 63-45 victory over Marion.
Sophomore center Lucas Marion, playing his first game after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the football season, made 12 points and Kevin Kunkel canned 10. Nate Holt and Tyler Bergey each had six and Kory Root pulled down seven boards.
Lake City led 18-6, 41-19 and 51-32 at the quarter breaks.
Senior Tyrell Hall scored 20 for the Eagles, including three treys, and Ethan Russell rang up 10.
TC West 28
Cadillac shot 11-for-17 on free throws — with 14 attempts coming in the fourth quarter — while Traverse City West attempted only one foul shot in the Vikings 31-28 victory over the Titans on Tuesday at West Senior High School.
The big difference in foul shots helped Cadillac take the lead for good midway through the final period. West (1-3, 1-1 Big North) led after each of the first three quarter breaks — 5-2, 12-7 and 20-19.
Paris Wagner had eight points to pace the Titans, while Jenna Erway had eight points for Cadillac.
Cadillac won the junior varsity game 40-23. Leading West was Makenna Mattson with eight points. In the freshman game Cadillac won 59-24. For West, Haley Bradley and Julia McKean each had six points.
TC Central 28
Petoskey outscored Traverse City Central 23-16 in the second half to post a 38-28 victory in Big North Conference play.
Callie Bartkowiak had eight points and Carrie Wynkoop six for the Trojans (1-4, 1-2 Big North), who play at Gaylord on Friday.
Central won the junior varsity game 26-22 as Abbey Green scored 14 points. In the freshman game Petoskey took a 40-34 win. For Central, Mary Drake led the way with 22 points.
Harbor Springs 31
Kalkaska won its Lake Michigan Conference opener, defeating Harbor Springs 47-31.
The Blazers were led by Micah Lajewski, who had 10 points, six assists and four steals. Reyann Homan had eight points and seven rebounds, Alexis Hayden had eight points and five rebounds, while Taylor Birgy contributed seven points, seven boards and six steals.
Leading the Rams were Shallon Grawey with 10 points and Maddy Savard with nine points.
Kalkaska is at Grayling on Friday.
Elk Rapids 66
Paige Granger poured in 25 points to lead Elk Rapids past Charlevoix 66-49.
Also for Elk Rapids (3-2), Rachel Hintz had 18 points and Bridget Hintz added 15 points.
For Charlevoix (2-2), Kelsey Enstrom had 18 points, four steals and two assists, while Alexis Tribselner added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Autumn Huck had 15 points and Mariah Kalchik 14 to lead Northport (3-3) over Alba, 52-21.
Sidney Hogerheide led Alba with 13 points.
Manton stayed close in the first quarter, but McBain took over from there in taking a 71-42 win from the Rangers.
The Ramblers held a slim 7-6 lead after one period, but opened up a double digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back.
Asia LaGrow had 16 points and Kara Hugston 14 for McBain. Leading Manton (1-4, 0-3 Highland) was Karrah Baker with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski