The varsity boys got a big win on Thursday night, defeating Pickford 58-55. The fourth quarter was a big one, as the Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 25-16 in the final 8 minutes.
The varsity boys looked to get their second win of the year and remain undefeated for the opening week of the season. The boys looked very good against Cheboygan Tuesday and hoped to transfer that intensity to this game against Pickford.
The Bulldogs came out of the gate slowly and had early troubles at both ends of the floor, offensively forcing bad shots and not having the shots fall. On the defensive end, they struggled early to guard the big guy from Pickford who ended up with 26.
“I think we definitely knew that we had the strength and will to claw back into the game,” senior Ian Clancy said. “I think we were down 12 or 14 points at one time, but we stayed together to close it out.”
After the first half ended, the Bulldogs came out flat early in the third quarter, but that changed quickly. Senior Ian Clancy stepped up and took on the challenge of guarding Pickford’s best player and locked him down. Junior Tristan Overholt also contained the big man throughout the game. Clancy also stepped up big on the offensive side by knocking down shot after shot.
Eventually, with 3 minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs tied the game up and looked to finish off the comeback. Big shots from Clancy and junior Cleveland Baker helped seal the 58-55 win over Pickford.
“It was probably the most exciting basketball game I’ve been a part of,” Clancy said. “The crowd was crazy for a majority of the game and our guys stayed positive and enthusiastic throughout. The energy was unlike anything I’ve experienced before in that gym.”
Ian Clancy finished with 24, Cleveland Baker finished with 10 and Tristan Overholt finished with 8. Kyle Whitman lead the team with 8 rebounds.
The boys play again Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Onaway.