Prep roundup: Ironmen oust Cardinals; Bear Lake wins eighth league game

Special to the Record-Eagle/Joanie MooreJohannesburg-Lewiston sophomore Sheldon Huff (3) blocks a shot by Mancelona senior Matt Boyer under the hoop.

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.

BOYS HOOPS

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.

GIRLS HOOPS

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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