2018-01-10 / Sports

Raiders remain undefeated

Almont’s Rafael Farias hits a contested layup during a game at Dryden on December 16. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Almont’s Rafael Farias hits a contested layup during a game at Dryden on December 16. Photo by Austin VanDaele ALMONT — A solid defensive effort gave the Almont boys' basketball team its sixth-straight victory to start the season following a 51-22 win over league opponent Algonac on Friday.

The Raiders led throughout the whole game and were ahead 7-5 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Almont outscored its opponent 14-2 to lead 21-7 at the half. Following the break, the Raiders took the third quarter thanks to an 11-10 run before outscoring Algonac 19-5 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Ethan Hall led Almont with 17 points and five rebounds while finishing 3-for-5 on the night from deep. Clay Schapman added 13 points with a team-high nine rebounds, Austin Watt had nine points and Jordan Bourdeau had four points with seven boards. Chase Kapron finished with four points and five rebounds and Rafael Farias and Gabe Bourdeau both had two points.

Capac’s Bryce George goes in for the block against Marlette on Dec. 6. 
Photo by Marc Wilson Capac’s Bryce George goes in for the block against Marlette on Dec. 6. Photo by Marc Wilson Almont, 6-0, hosted Corunna on Tuesday after press deadlines and will host Imlay City on Friday at 7:30 p.m. — A.V.


The Chiefs remain undefeated after eking out the 49-48 win over league rival Cros-Lex Friday.

Capac trailed by two after the first quarter, 11-8, and was still playing catch up by intermission 19-12. The third quarter proved to be the difference after Capac poured in 25 points to Cros-Lex’s 17. Cros-Lex outscored Capac 11-8 in the final stanza.

Trevor Boers led the Chiefs with 20 points, Jakob Sawyers had seven points, including the game-winning putback, Andrew Sams had seven and Jordan Hellmuth had six. Jimmy Schroeder chipped in with four points, Casey Bolleart had three and Jacob Witt two. — L.P.


A 20-point performance from Jack Kaplan lifted the Cardinals over International Academy of Flint in a 62-60 road win on Monday.

Dryden trailed 14-7 after the first quarter and 33-26 at the half. The Cardinals found themselves down 21 points at one point during the third quarter before closing the gap and entering the final frame down 55-41. In the fourth, Dryden outscored its opponent 21-5 to complete the comeback.

Kaplan was joined by John DelCampo, who had a massive double-double with 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Jared Czape added nine points with three rebounds, Brady Czape had eight points with five steals and six assists, Rylan Rudd had six points and Ethan Rozanski and Hunter Gall both finished with three points.

“It was a great team win,” said Dryden coach John DelCampo. “The kids never stopped hustling and made an incredible comeback. I could not be prouder of them.”

On Friday, Dryden played host to Mt. Clemens and claimed a 44-35 victory.

The Cardinals trailed 8-4 after the first quarter before putting up 22 points in the second while holding their opponent to just 12 to lead 26-20 at the half. The third quarter saw Dryden outscore Mt. Clemens 11-10 before outscoring them again in the fourth, 7-5, to secure the win.

Kaplan led Dryden with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Brady Czape added nine points with two steals and two assists. DelCampo had seven points with 13 rebounds and three assists, Jared Czape had seven points, Gall had six and Ronny Hudson finished with three.

Dryden, 4-3, visits Mayville tomorrow at 7 p.m. — A.V.


The Lightning, 2-2, hosted Flushing High School on Tuesday night after we went to press. Lapeer travels to Bay City Central this Friday for a conference matchup at 7 p.m. — J.O.


The Mayville boys’ basketball team fell to league opponent Deckerville on Monday, 57-28.

Deckerville jumped out to an early 8-3 lead after the first quarter before outscoring the Wildcats 13-9 in the second for a 21-12 lead at halftime. Deckerville then held Mayville scoreless in the third quarter while adding 15 points to its lead to go ahead 36-12 with one quarter to play. Mayville was outscored 21-16 in the final frame for the loss.

Carter Harmon led the team with nine points while Michael Redfield pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Mayville, 4-2, hosts Dryden tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. — A.V.


The Broncos were handed their biggest loss of the season on Friday, losing 71-48 to league opponent Essexville-Garber.

North Branch led 16-12 after the first, but were unable to hold on the remainder of the game. Garber went on an 18-11 run in the second to steal a 36-27 lead at the half.

The Dukes continued to outscore North Branch following the intermission, adding a 15-11 third and a 20-10 fourth.

“We had a great start and like the flip of a switch, we quit playing Bronco basketball,” said North Branch coach Mike Snoblen. “I thought out effort was great at the start. After the first quarter, we struggled from the field. We will get back to practice and we have to work harder.”

Riley Bugg led North Branch’s scoring effort, putting up 14 points. Gerrid Rutledge added eight points and Braden Kronz had seven and four rebounds. Andrew Coulter chipped in six points and four boards. Adam Barrows had five points and grabbed 12 boards.

North Branch, 4-3, is at home on Friday against Caro. — K.R.

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