2018-01-11 / Sports

Bentley blows out Genesee Christian in boys’ basketball

BY SPORTS STAFF


Bentley’s Zach Trent pulls up for a jumper against Imlay City on Dec. 22. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Bentley’s Zach Trent pulls up for a jumper against Imlay City on Dec. 22. Photo by Austin VanDaele BURTON -- The Bentley boys’ basketball team took down Genesee Christian 58-31 on the road on Tuesday.

Bentley led 25-17 at the halftime, but held Genesee Christian to only 14 points in the second half. The Bulldogs dropped 21 points in the fourth quarter alone to seal the victory.

“What a great game tonight (that) we played as a team,” said Bentley coach Joey Jerisk. “We pressured Genesee Christian from start to finish, making them have 17 turnovers. We struggled shooting in the first half, only being up eight at halftime, but we came out after and really turned it on and started hitting some easy buckets. I couldn’t (be) more proud of my guys and how they played like a true team tonight.”

Trystin Balsbaugh, who Jerisk awarded as Player of the Game, nearly had a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.

“He (Balsbaugh) was a floor general tonight really leading our team to victory,” said Jerisk.

Nathan Nanney finished the game with nine points, three assists, two steals and a rebound. He also went 3-for-3 from three-point land.

“(Nanney) really played great (at) point guard tonight controlling the flow of the game,” added Jerisk.

Zach Trent also added 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals for the Bulldogs. Tyler Kagen scored nine points with four rebounds and a block.

As a team, Bentley went 9-for-20 from beyond the arc and recorded 16 assists on 20 made field goals.

On Friday, Bentley lost to Corunna 57-21. Brendan Lounsberry had a team-high five points, along with three rebounds and an assist. Kagen added four points.

Bentley, 4-3, hosts Durand next Tuesday at 7 p.m. — J.O.

BENDLE: The Tigers defeated Morrice 62-49 on Tuesday night leading 28-19 at halftime, before exploding for 25 points in the third quarter alone and extending its lead to 53-33.

Morrice outscored the Tigers 16-9 in the final frame, but it was not enough to mount a comeback.

Brian Britt and Tyrese Wynn dominated the ball for Bendle. Britt scored a team-high 20 points, while also pulling down six rebounds and notching six steals. Wynn posted 16 points, five assists and five steals. Darius Allen also added 14 points.

Bendle, 5-2, hosts LakeVille on Friday at 7 p.m. — J.O.

KEARSLEY: The Hornets were at Linden on Tuesday in what turned out to be a 62-45 Flint Metro League loss. Stats and game details were not reported prior to press deadlines.

The Hornets had a tough go of it last Friday with a 76-50 loss at home to Flint Metro League rival Swartz Creek. Ta’veon Harris tossed in 15 points to lead Kearsley while Saif Dawan added nine points.

Kearsley was absolutely dominant on the road last Wednesday with a rout of LakeVille, 79-33. Dawan poured in a game-high 19 points while Gavin Etson and Trevor Shaheen each recorded 11 points.

Kearsley hosts Owosso tomorrow. – B.P.

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