2018-02-08 / Sports

Atherton falls to cross-town rival Bentley

By Sports Staff

Atherton’s Keontae Townsend launches one from beyond the arc against Bendle on January 23. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Atherton’s Keontae Townsend launches one from beyond the arc against Bendle on January 23. Photo by Brandon Pope BURTON – The Atherton boys’ basketball was handed only its third loss of the season on Monday in a cross-town matchup against Bentley, falling 50-46. The Bulldogs improved to a perfect 6-0 at home.

Bentley took a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but trailed 25-23 at half. The Bulldogs then outscored the Wolverines 27-21 in the second half to seal the victory.

“We played with passion and toughness for 32 minutes,” said Bentley coach Joey Jerisk. “We played great tonight, and it was a dog fight for 32 minutes against Atherton. They really push the ball well and crash the bounds hard on offense, and it was tough to defended. On defense, they pressured us all over the floor, but I told my guys if we get back on defense and only limit ourselves to 10 turnovers we will win this game.”

Trystin Balsbaugh posted a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“(Balsbaugh) had a great offense night, he kept us in the game made huge shots when we needed him,” said Jerisk.

Adrice Tripplett controlled the offensive flow, finishing with eight assists and three rebounds.

“I couldn’t (be) more proud of our point guard Adrice Tripplett,” said Jerisk. “He kept the game at his pace and handled pressure well.”

Jerisk also noted the play of Treece Bryant.

“(Bryant) had some great minutes and just is tough as nails. He played great on defense and gave us some key minutes when we needed him. He is a player that is always ready to go.”

On Friday, the Wolverines routed a winless LakeVille team at home, 76-34. Atherton took a 22-7 lead in the first and kept its foot on the gas the remainder of the game. The Wolverines led 39-22 by halftime. Atherton then added a 25-4 third and 12-8 fourth. LakeVille’s Nathan Athey led the Falcons with 10 points.

Atherton routed Genesee Christian last Thursday, winning 87-38. Atherton stats for the last three games were not reported as the coach has not reported since earlier in the season.

Atherton, 10-3 overall and 7-0 league, travels to New Lothrop on Friday and then hosts New Lothrop on Monday in a make up game from January 12. – K.R./J.O.

BENDLE: The Tigers travelled to Bridgeport on Tuesday night and came away with a 78-36 loss. No stats or details were reported in time for press deadlines.

Last Friday, Bendle defeated Durand 62-36. The Tigers led 18-7 after the first, but only took a 29-23 lead into halftime. The Tigers built their lead to 39-29 after the third quarter, before dominating the final frame with a 23-7 run.

Brian Britt stuffed the stat sheet for the Tigers with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Rasheed Brown contributed 13 points and six assists, and Tyrese Whitehead added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Bendle, 9-6, is at LakeVille tomorrow. — J.O.

BENTLEY: The Bulldogs blew out

Morrice 73-29 last Friday, clinching the regular season league championship.

“Bentley hasn’t won a league title in 41 years, and now no matter what we will at a minimum share the league title,” said Jerisk. “Still, the team and myself want to win the league title outright against Webberville because that is our goal as a team.”

The Bulldogs only led 12-6 after the first quarter, but then outscored Morrice 23-7 and 27-10 in the second and third quarters, respectively.

Dylan Horton led all scorers with 16 points, while also recording three steals and a rebound. Zach Trent contributed 15 points, three steals, three rebounds and two assists. Balsbaugh added 12 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists. Treece Bryant also finished with eight points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds. Joey Hoffner scored six points, pulled down seven rebounds, swiped three steals and dished out an assist. Brendan Lounsberry also added two points, eight rebounds, two blocks and an assist.

“Tonight was a feeling that I have been waiting for since I first started here four years ago as a 22-year-old kid,” added Jerisk. “The team tonight came together and made sure we came out on top, and I couldn’t be (prouder) of the guys! Together as a team we brought something to Bentley that hasn’t been in a long, long time.”

Bentley, 11-3 overall and 7-0 in league play, is at Millington next Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. — J.O.

KEARSLEY: The Hornets swallowed a 57-46 loss to Linden at home Tuesday.

Taveon Harris was the leading scorer with 13 points, while Jace Chapman chipped in with 10 points. Kearsley actually had the lead after the first quarter, 19-18, as well as at the half, 32-29. However, Linden kicked it into gear in the second half with runs of 18-6 and 10-8.

The Hornets were at Fenton on Friday and narrowly lost to the Tigers, 50-48. Jack Vollmar had a team-high 10 points for Kearsley.

The Hornets travel to Swartz Creek tomorrow. – B.P.

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