MANCELONA — The Mancelona Ironmen pulled out a huge Ski Valley Conference win over Johannesburg-Lewiston, 67-64, at home on Thursday night.
Mancelona (10-4, 7-3) jumped out to an early eight point lead and held tough throughout, but the Cardinals (8-5) kept it close until the end.
Jayden Alfred led Mancelona with 20 points and 10 rebounds, including an electrifying dunk before the Ironmen took a 38-32 lead into half.
Mancelona spread the lead to 12 points in the second half but the Cardinals stormed back behind Tyson Claeys 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sheldon Huff also had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds for Joburg.
Matt Boyer added 20 points and Johnny Ancel scored 16 for Mancelona.
"I have a young team and I am very proud of them tonight," Ironmen head coach Brian Sheridan said. "We took care of the basketball and finished down the stretch for the win."
Mancelona will head to Bellaire on Tuesday while Joburg hosts Pellston.
Bear Lake 60
Mason County Eastern 25
Bear Lake (8-5, 8-3 WMD): Trey Gilbert 28 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists; Zach Belinsky 16 poinst, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists; Reagan Merrill 8 points, 5 rebounds.
UP NEXT: Bear Lake at Mesick, Thursday.
TC St. Francis JV 57
Elk Rapids JV 34
TCSF JV (8-2): Casey Donahue 15 points, 10 rebounds; Marcus Rysztak 10 points, 7 assists.
Elk Rapids: Josh Lavely 21 points.
UP NEXT: TCSF hosts Kalkaska, Thursday.
TC St. Francis JV 14
Elk Rapids JV 33
TCSF JV (2-7, 2-5 LMC): Abby Kopplow 7 points.
Elk Rapids: Sarah Zamaites 9 points; Gabby Krakow 7 points.
UP NEXT: TCSF at Gaylord, Wednesday.
— Compiled by James Cook, Brett A. Sommers and Jake Atnip
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