Boys Basketball: Mansfield leads Bears past SMCC; Jets nip Huron

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Alex Mansfield of Jefferson goes inside to score against St. Mary Catholic Central's Ethan Barno Tuesday night. Mansfield scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Bears to a 69-49 victory.
Alex Mansfield of Jefferson goes inside to score against St. Mary Catholic Central's Ethan Barno Tuesday night. Mansfield scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Bears to a 69-49 victory.

Steve Walters knows how difficult it is to stop Alex Mansfield.

“In practice, we don’t have anyone who can stop him,” the Jefferson boys basketball coach said.

St. Mary Catholic Central didn’t have anyone who could stop Mansfield either.

The Jefferson senior hit 13-of-18 shots from the field and his only free throw to net a career-high 27 points in leading the Bears to a 69-49 victory Tuesday.

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“Alex played excellent tonight,” Walters said. “Our focus against their zone was getting the ball inside to Alex. Our guys did a good job of putting him in position to score.

“He was in foul trouble the first time we played them (a 63-60 SMCC win on Jan. 21). We didn’t do as good a job of focusing on getting him the ball. He’s so big and so strong, if you get him the ball in good position, not many can stop him.”

Carson Kinsey of SMCC passes off being guarded by Eastin Kegley and Garret Thomas of Jefferson Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Carson Kinsey of SMCC passes off being guarded by Eastin Kegley and Garret Thomas of Jefferson Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

It was Jefferson’s first boys basketball win over SMCC since 2008.

“I think the last time before that was 1999 or 1998, so basically we have two wins over them in the last 30 years,” Walters said. “Historically we don’t have that many wins against them. We might have 11 all-time.”

The boys were inspired by Jefferson’s girls basketball win over SMCC the night before.

“The girls played an excellent game last night,” Walters said. “I told the guys, ‘Now, it’s our turn.’”

SMCC started strong, leading by 10 points early in the second quarter.

“The guys did a good job of staying poised and staying calm,” Walters said.

Jefferson outscored its guests 22-5 in the second quarter and 26-13 in the third.

Patrick Lipford of SMCC is pressured by Eastin Kegley of Jefferson Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Patrick Lipford of SMCC is pressured by Eastin Kegley of Jefferson Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Lukas Ledingham scored 15 points and Eastin Kegley added 14 for the 10-4 Bears. Isaac Merkel netted 8 points and played a strong overall game and Ryan Gennoe delivered 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Josh Theisen led SMCC (8-7) with 12 points and Cyrus Marks added 10.

“Hats off to Jefferson,” SMCC coach Randy Windham said. “They played a great game and shot 56 percent from the floor. I’m proud of our effort but we just ran into a buzzsaw tonight.”

Jefferson won the junior varsity game 44-43.

Jefferson ; 12 ; 22 ; 26; 9 ; - ; 69

SMCC ; 21; 5 ; 13 ; 10 ; - ; 49

JEFFERSON: Kegley 5 (2) 2-2 14, I. Merkel 4 0-0 8, Ledingham 6 (3) 0-0 15, Thomas 2 (1) 0-0 5, Mansfield 13 1-1 27. Totals 30 (6) 3-3 69.

SMCC: Lewis 1 (1) 0-0 3, Osborne 2 (1) 2-2 7, Marks 5 0-0 10, Jorgensen 1 (1) 0-0 3, Theisen 4 (4) 0-0 12, Kinsey 0 2-2 2, Lipford 2 (2) 0-0 6, Barno 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 (9) 4-4 49.

Airport 61, New Boston Huron 55

NEW BOSTON – Adam Goins (25) and Cole McBeath (18) combined for 43 points, including 18 of Airport’s 21 points in the fourth quarter.

“We just didn't have an answer for those two all night long,” Huron coach Bob Blosser said. “They scored around the perimeter, beat us off the dribble and shot 22 free throws.”

Brendan McComas assed 11 points for the 8-8 Jets.

“At the start of the fourth quarter I told the guys that we needed to pick up the intensity on defense in order to win the game,” Airport coach Jason Ruhlig said. “They responded immediately and were able to pour on the pressure full court. … Our defense was our best offense on a night where we struggled to get any consistent offensive flow.”

Huron (1-15) got 17 points from Micah Smith, 13 from Ethan Woolery and 12 from Cole Grunwald.

Huron won the junior varsity game 53-47 and the freshman contest 48-45.

Airport ; 11 ; 15 ; 14; 21 ; - ; 61

Huron ; 14; 11 ; 17 ; 13 ; - ; 55

AIRPORT: McBeath 4 10-12 18, Goins 7 (4) 7-10 25, Hammonds 2 0-1 4, Harvell 1 0-0 2, Nowak 0 1-2 1, McComas 4 (1) 0-5 11. Totals 18 (5) 18-30 61.

NEW BOSTON HURON: M. Smith 7 (1) 2-7 17, Kantola 1 0-0 2, Grunwald 4 (4) 0-0 12, Callahan 2 1-2 5, Buettner 3 0-2 6, Woolery 4 5-8 13. Totals 21 (5) 8-19 55.

Monroe's Gabe Sweat tries to take the ball from Braden LaRusso of Saline Tuesday night. Monroe dropped a heartbreaker.
Monroe's Gabe Sweat tries to take the ball from Braden LaRusso of Saline Tuesday night. Monroe dropped a heartbreaker.

Saline 52, Monroe 42

Monroe led 31-13 at halftime, but was outscored 39-11 after the intermission including 26-6 in the forth quarter.

“A really tough loss tonight against a good Saline team,” Monroe coach Larry Middleton said. “We played a terrific half of defense in the first half, then in the second half we just imploded.”

Xander Middleton led the 6-10 Trojans with 13 points.

Saline ; 8 ; 5 ; 13; 26 ; - ; 52

Monroe ; 16; 15 ; 5 ; 6 ; - ; 42

SALINE: Love 1 2-4 4, Larusso 6 (2) 7-8 21, Boettger 1 0-0 2, Koch 5 0-0 10, Baldwin 1 (1) 0-0 3, Mesman 5 2-6 12. Totals 19 (3) 11-18 52.

MONROE: Roberts 1 1-2 3, Nichols 2 2-4 6, McCarthy 3 (2) 0-0 8, Middleton 5 (1) 2-3 13, Sweat 1 (1) 1-2 4, Geiman 2 (1) 3-4 8. Totals 14 (5) 9-15 42.

Milan 49, Grosse Ile 40

MILAN – Milan snapped a six-game losing streak and avenged a 10-point loss from earlier this season.

“Tonight was Senior Night and our seniors showed up and played well,” Milan coach Nate Edwards said. “It was a well-balanced win tonight.”

Jett Isaacs paced 3-13 Milan with 14 points and Ethan Budd rang up 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Milan ; 11 ; 14 ; 12 ; 12 ; - ; 49

Grosse Ile ; 9 ; 11 ; 8 ; 12 ; - ; 40

MILAN: K. Ballard 1 (1) 0-0 3, Isaacs 6 2-4 14, Chmielewski 3 (1) 1-2 8, Bodzniak 1 (1) 0-0 3, Walline 0 2-2 2, Budd 4 2-2 10, Morelock 4 (1) 0-0 9. Totals 19 (4) 7-10 49.

GROSSE ILE:Thrasher 2 2-2 6, Roberts 1 3-3 5, Pizzo 0 1-2 1, Centlivre 1 0-0 2, Swick 5 (1) 2-2 13, Madrigal 2 (2) 1-2 7, Molnar 0 0-2 0, Brown 1 (1) 0-0 3. Totals 12 (4) 9-13 40.

Whiteford 66, Addison 56

ADDISON – Whiteford finished off a close game despite a big comeback by the Panthers.

The Bobcats led 35-21 at halftime and were up 41-25 with about six minutes left in the third quarter when Addison launched its comeback. The Panthers cut it to 60-54 with 2:01 left, but free throws by Cole Giesige and Shea Ruddy put Whiteford up by nine with 1:11 left and the win was secured.

Josh Hill hit three 3-pointers and led Whiteford with 13 points. Luke Rasor added 12.

Whiteford ; 17 ; 18 ; 23 ; 8 ; - ; 66

Addison ; 8 ; 13 ; 20 ; 15 ; - ; 56

WHITEFORD: S. Ruddy 3 (1) 2-8 9, Hill 5 (3) 0-0 13, I. Joerin 3 (1) 0-1 7, Rasor 5 (1) 1-1 12, Willis 3 0-0 6, Parker 3 (1) 0-0 7, Giesige 1 6-6 8, DeBarr 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 (7) 9-16 66.

ADDISON: Demeuer 2 1-2 5, Trumble 4 2-3 10, Sword 2 (2) 0-0 6, Sines 3 2-4 8, Brown 9 (1) 3-4 22, Farrow 2 (1) 0-0 5. Totals 22 (4) 8-14 56.

Carlson 53, Southgate Anderson 43

GIBRALTAR – Braeden Lavis hit 8 of 9 free throws and scored 11 of his career-high 13 points in the fourth quarter for Gibraltar Carlson.

Ben Przytula added 10 points as the Marauders won for the third time in its last four games to push their record to 10-7.

Carlson ; 7 ; 10 ; 15 ; 21 ; - ; 53

Southgate ; 6 ; 10 ; 11 ; 16 ; - ; 43

GIBRALTAR CARLSON: Lavis 2 9-11 13, Williams 1 5-8 9, Slezinger 3 (2) 8, McBride 0 2-2 2, DeJuan Johnson 2 0-2 4, Braddy 0 3-4 3, Jones 2 (2) 0-0 6, Przytula 3 2-7 10. Totals 13 (4) 20-30 53.

SOUTHGATE ANDERSON: Meckins 1 0-0 2, Hugan 2 (2) 3-4 10, Gutierrez 3 0-0 6, Gates 2 (2) 1-3 7, Peer 6 (1) 2-2 15, Barbosa 0 1-2 1, Edwards 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 (5) 7-11 43.

State Line 68, Faith Clinton 46

TEMPERANCE – State Line held Faith Clinton to just 13 points in the first half.

The Patriots built a 17-point lead at halftime to hold against a competitive second half from Faith Clinton.

Eli Dyer had 24 points to lead State Line (16-6), Caleb Ruins scored 15, and Evan Delk added 14.

State Line ; 20 ; 15 ; 19 ; 14 ; - ; 68

Faith Clinton ; 5 ; 8 ; 20 ; 13 ; - ; 46

STATE LINE CHRISTIAN: C. Worley 1 (1) 0-0 3, Rains 1 0-0 2, Nehmer 4 (1) 1-1 10, Dyer 8 6-6 24, Delk 6 (1) 1-2 14, Braithwaite 1 0-0 2, Ruins 6 (3) 0-0 15. Totals 27 (6) 8-9 68.

FAITH CLINTON: Coplen 1 0-0 2, B. Thompson 1 0-0 2, Kaynov 6 (3) 2-2 17, P. Thompson 1 0-0 2, Guglielmetti 4 (2) 1-2 11, Huatary 5 2-2 12. Totals 18 (5) 5-6 46.

Riverview 55, Flat Rock 53

RIVERVIEW – Flat Rock’s dream of an undefeated run through the Huron League was dashed, but the Rams already have wrapped up the league title.

Graham Junge scored 21 points, Tim Murphy had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Alex Gillum contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Flat Rock had an 11-game winning streak snapped and dipped to 13-4.

Riverview also took the junior varsity game 47-22.

Riverview ; 14 ; 15 ; 17 ; 9 ; - ; 55

Flat Rock ; 11 ; 21 ; 12 ; 9 ; - ; 53

RIVERVIEW: Dorn 3 8-10 14, McAlinden 1 0-0 2, Tibore 1 0-0 2, Doyle 2 2-2 8, Lockhart 4 (1) 8-11 17, McGrath 1 0-0 2, Tiberia 2 0-0 4, Kindcaid 2 2-2 6. Totals 16 (1) 20-25 46.

FLAT ROCK: Breslin 0 3-4 3, Lannon 1 (1) 0-0 3, Emery 1 (1) 0-0 3, Gillum 4 (1) 0-0 9, Nemeth 1 (1) 0-0 3, Murphy 5 1-2 11, Junge 9 (1) 2-3 21. Totals 21 6-9 53.

Riverview Richard 46, Erie Mason 43

RIVERVIEW – Erie Mason made a bid to upset undefeated and sixth-ranked Riverview Gabriel Richard on the road.

Mason missed two free throws and Richard used a length-of-the-floor pass to tie the game at the end of regulation play.

“We played well enough to win and most likely would’ve had we made free throws,” Mason coach Kevin Skaggs said. “No rest and no moral victories in this one.”

Mason (9-5) was led by Carson Brown with 19 points.

Mason’s JV team improved to 11-3 with a 44-33 win. Xavier Wise (13), Wyatt Knopp (11) and Jackson Icoangeli (10) all scored in double figures.

RGR ; 12 ; 8 ; 8 ; 10 ; 7 ; - ; 46

Mason ; 10 ; 13 ; 5 ; 10; 4 ; - ; 43

RIVERVIEW GABRIEL RICHARD: Sobush 1 (1) 7-7 10, Szchechewski 2 (1) 1-2 6, Nolechale 5 (1) 0-0 11, Houson 3 1-4 9, Collison 5 0-0 10. Totals 16 (4) 10-13 46.

ERIE MASON: Langenderfer 1 0-0 2, Carson Brown 7 (4) 1-2 19, Casey Brown 1 (1) 2-3 5, Worden 2 4-5 8, Sweeney 4 1-2 9. Totals 15 (5) 8-13 43.

Ann Arbor Huron 63, Bedford 44

ANN ARBOR – Bedford was locked in a 14-14 tie after one quarter, but everything came apart in the second period when the Mules were outscored 29-7.

“Other than that we, played them evenly,” Bedford coach Jordan Bollin said. “We will continue to work, improve and get ready for the District.”

Andrew Hollinger scored 13 points and Griffin Wolf 10 for the 1-13 Mules.

AA Huron ; 14 ; 29 ;16 ; 4 ; - ; 63

Bedford ; 14 ; 7 ; 12 ; 11 ; - ; 44

ANN ARBOR HURON: Bates 2 2-2 6, Dickerson 5 (1) 0-0 11, Samaha 7 (6) 0-0 20, Wambere 2 0-0 4, Bell 5 (2) 0-0 12, Moore 2 0-0 6, Anthony 1 2-2 4. Totals 24 (9) 4-4 63.

BEDFORD: Manard 1 0-0 2, Travis 1 1-2 3, Kochendoerfer 3 0-0 6, Campbell 1 0-0 2, Hollinger 6 1-3 13, Wagonhauser 0 1-3 1, Wolf 4 (2) 0-0 10, Yeager 1 (1) 0-0 3, Huss 1 2-2 4. Totals 18 (3) 5-10 44.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Boys Basketball: Mansfield leads Bears past SMCC; Jets nip Huron