2017-03-16 / Sports

USA falls in regional tourney

By Kelly Krager
Editor • kkrager@mihomepaper.com • 989-269-9918


Unionville-Sebewaing Area Patriot Hunter Bohn scores on this hard-fought layup in the third quarter during his team’s regional semifinal game against Beecher. He was fouled on the shot and added another point with a good free throw. 
Photos by Kelly Krager Unionville-Sebewaing Area Patriot Hunter Bohn scores on this hard-fought layup in the third quarter during his team’s regional semifinal game against Beecher. He was fouled on the shot and added another point with a good free throw. Photos by Kelly Krager MONTROSE — While the Unionville-Sebewaing Patriots seemed to breeze their way to the district title, they could not keep up with the tempest of the reigning state champs.

The Patriots fell 95-64 to Flint Beecher Friday in Montrose, which moved in to quickly prove dominance with an 11-1 run early in the first quarter.

Beecher put up 25 points in each of the first two quarters. USA rebounded briefly to come within one point of the Buccaneers, but the Patriots had neither the speed nor the ball-handling skills to keep pace.

USA posted 21 points in the first quarter and had 33 at the half. The Buccaneers pulled away to 52-48 after three quarters


USA’s Zach Fritz puts up two against Lakers’ Seth Bowles during the teams’ district final matchup Friday at Laker. USA won the bout 70-40. USA’s Zach Fritz puts up two against Lakers’ Seth Bowles during the teams’ district final matchup Friday at Laker. USA won the bout 70-40. Coach Mark Gainsforth said his team continued to strive for victory despite the Buccaneers’ early success.

“If they gave up, I wouldn’t be telling you how proud I am. They did not,” he said.

He said USA never gave up, despite Beechers’s early 10-point lead.

“That’s when I knew we were going to battle, when we came back. … We just tried to stay with them. It was like punch, counter punch, and then they just knocked us out in the second quarter,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve never seen a high school team shoot like that. You have to pick your poison. You’ve got to guard them, or they’re going to get in the lane. You just hope that their shots stop falling, and they just never did,” he said.


Lakers’ Corey Manenti scores over Harbor Beach’s Brady Kirsch during the teams’ semifinal bout March 8. Laker won the game 54-43. 
Photo by Kelly Krager Lakers’ Corey Manenti scores over Harbor Beach’s Brady Kirsch during the teams’ semifinal bout March 8. Laker won the game 54-43. Photo by Kelly Krager Although Beecher only made 15 of its 26 free-throw attempts, the team hit 10 three-pointers and 25 two-point shots.

USA will bid farewell to four seniors: Harrison Cramer, Macklin Gettel, Gavin Zimmer and Michael Kemp.

USA was led in scoring by Harrison Cramer, who had 14 points. Tyler Heckroth added 11, and Hunter Bohn and Isaiah Williamson each had eight.

Flint Beecher moved on to face Brown City for the regional championship on Wednesday night in Montrose.

Wednesday, March 8

BCAS 70, Owen-Gage 29: Bay City-All Saints led Owen-Gage 45-15 at the half and went on to win the Boys Basketball District 114 Semifinal game at Caseville 70-29. For Owen-Gage, David Binder scored 14 points and Dereck Vincent scored eight points.

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