2018-01-11 / Sports

EPBP wins conference opener for first time since 2011

By: Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com

EPBP’s Karson Binder squares up for a three-pointer against Bad Axe on Friday night. 
Photo by: Mike Gallagher EPBP’s Karson Binder squares up for a three-pointer against Bad Axe on Friday night. Photo by: Mike Gallagher BAD AXE - Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port never trailed in their 57-46 victory over Bad Axe last Friday night, and won their conference opener for the first time since 2011 with the win.

“It’s a good win,” said EPBP head coach Eric Wissner. “Any time you come in here, they (Bad Axe) are a quality program. Any time you can knock off Bad Axe on their floor it’s a good thing.”

The game started out with 8-0 runs for both teams, as EPBP lead 8-0, before Bad Axe scored eight unanswered points. Lakers would end up leading 13-8 by the end of the quarter.

Bad Axe outscored EPBP in the second quarter, 19-18, but still trailed at the half, 31-27.

“You can tell the first half we had a little bit of Christmas rust on,” said Wissner. “We didn’t execute very well. I didn’t think our intensity was very good.”

EPBP shook off the rust in the second half, as they outscored the Hatchets 26-19. In the fourth quarter, Bad Axe had only two points in the first seven minutes.

“Timing was key because every time we got close, we’d make mistakes,” said Bad Axe head coach Mark Krug. “So we’d get back in the game and we’d make some crucial mistakes, not knowing who we were guarding, defensive breakdowns, and just some costly turnovers and it would go back the other way.”

“We gave up a bunch of offensive rebounds and let them climb back into the game, which we can’t let them do,” said Wissner. “I thought we could establish ourselves inside, which we did. I just thought we could have done a better job controlling the boards.”

EPBP was led by Andrew Siegfried, who had 16 points, Cory Manenti, who scored 14 points, and Nick Siegfried, who added 13 points.

Cody Talaski led Bad Axe with nine points.

The win moved EPBP’s record to 4-1 overall, and 1-0 in the Greater Thumb West Conference.

“We have not won our first conference game in quite some time so we’re pretty excited,” said Wissner. “We’re going to celebrate that tonight and then we’re going to get back to work.”

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