Friday, February 24, 2017
Hemlock High School
Ovid-Elsie High School
The second place Hemlock Huskies came to Ovid-Elsie Friday to take on the Marauders in the Tri-Valley West finale. The Marauders were looking to avenge a 3 point loss in Hemlock back in mid-January. The Huskies jumped out to an early 9-4 lead to start the game, before Ovid-Elsie made some adjustments and went on a nice 19-4 run in the second quarter to take control and lead by 10 at the half. The second half was very competitive as the teams traded baskets down the stretch. Hemlock cut the deficit to 5 points a few times, but couldn’t get any closer as the Marauders made some clutch plays and free throws late to secure a big conference win 47-40.
“This is a very satisfying win for us, and we’re really proud of our guys,” commented coach Josh Latz. “First of all, to finish league play the way we did, playing so well the second half of the season and avenging 3 losses for us shows the kind of character our guys have. Secondly, Matt Bauer at Hemlock is one of, if not the best coach in the league, and we have such respect for him and his program. They are always contending for league championships, so to get that win is huge for us. Lastly, to send our seniors Wes Houska and Parker Bukantis out with a win is just fantastic. We are very appreciative of all they have done for the program, and all of the hard work they’ve put in. Hopefully we can continue to play well Tuesday and go into district play with a little momentum getting ready to play a really good Lake Fenton team.”
Ovid-Elsie was paced by Carson Vincent once again as he scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while going a big 5-6 from the free throw line. Liam Thompson scored 8 and had 4 rebounds with 2 steals. Jakob Loynes chipped in with 6 points and 2 assists, and Jericho Herblet had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Cole Wittenberg played solid leading the team with 7 assists, and Karscen Sutliff made a big three pointer, scoring 3 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
The win lifted the Marauders record to 10-9 overall and 9-5 in the Tri-Valley West. O-E finished the second half of league play with an impressive 6-1 record, the one loss coming from league champion Ithaca by 1 point.
Ovid-Elsie returns to action Tuesday February 28th, as they will wrap up regular season play in Durand, before getting ready for post-season action on March 6th, as they will take on the Blue Devils of Lake Fenton at Perry, at 6:00 pm.