BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids held Traverse City Central to six points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to pull away to a 59-45 season-opening basketball win.
Central trailed by eight at half, then took the lead in the third quarter before falling behind 41-39 entering the fourth quarter. Big Rapids hit 9-of-11 free throws in the decisive 18-6 fourth quarter.
Quinn Tyson scored a game-high 23 for Big Rapids. Nate Schlusler paced the Trojans with 19. Jackson Schrameyer added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Central won the JV game 53-48 as James Brumfield scored 18 and Magnus Carlson 11.
The freshmen won 46-16 behind 14 from Nik Norton.
The Trojans host Alpena on Friday.
Gaylord pulled ahead for good in the third period, then held off Charlevoix in the fourth quarter, posting a 56-45 victory over the Rayders.
The teams were tied 28-28 at the half, and after the two teams exchanged leads early in the third, Gaylord eventually pulled in front. Charlevoix got as close as five points in the final period, but couldn’t draw closer.
Leading Gaylord were Collin Watters with 14 points, Marcus O’Rourke with 11 and Zachary Pasternak with 10.
For Charlevoix (0-2), Justin Pearl had 10 points and Shane Sutherland nine.
The Rayders face Leland at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday in Kingsley for the Lake Michigan Conference/Northwest Conference Challenge.
Kalkaska surged out to the early lead, then held off Mesick in the final period of a 60-54 season-opening victory.
The Blazers were ahead in each period, but the Bulldogs pulled within four points with two minutes remaining. The Blazers spread the floor and got a layup and were never threatened from there.
Will Noble led Kalkaska with 29 points, eight boards and four steals. Austin Cooper added 12 points and nine rebounds. Aaron Zimmerman chipped in with eight points.
Three players accounted for all of Mesick’s offense, with Jordan Calhoun scoring 21, Clay Wagatha 20 and Brad Harris 13.