2013-01-13 / Sports

Bulldogs prove too much for Spartans

BY MICHAEL SELECKY 810-452-2632 • mselecky@mihomepaper.com

Anthony Howard fights for the ball on the floor with a player from Yale. 
Photo by Chris Dungey Anthony Howard fights for the ball on the floor with a player from Yale. Photo by Chris Dungey IMLAY CITY — The gauntlet every boys’ varsity basketball team has to run through in the Blue Water Area Conference is a double-edged sword that can either make or break a squad’s chance for postseason success.

For the Spartans, with just one game under their belt in almost two weeks, they knew Friday’s visit from Yale was going to be a challenging one. The Bulldogs didn’t disappoint, either, outscoring Imlay City, 15-9 in the third quarter, and, 19-17 in the fourth, to walk away with the 65-57 victory.

The Spartans actually came back to tie the game at 31-31 heading into halftime after getting outscored 19-12 in the first by flipping that scoring advantage in their direction in the second.

Scoring a game-high 21 points for Imlay City was Joey Lesniak, Anthony Howard had 14 points and giving an eightpoint performance was Tyler Spoelma.

The Spartans were also fortunate enough to get five points each from Bryar Alexander and Robert Bell and Alex Thibodeau had four points.

For Yale, Cameron Keeley was one of three players in double figures with 16 points, Cody Edgerton scored 13 and posting 12 points was Corey Smykowski.

Imlay City is at Armada for a league contest on Tuesday.

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