2016-03-10 / Sports

Long distance: Bobcats hit 12 3s in district opener

By Dan Nilsen
810-452-2648 • dnilsen@mihomepaper.com


Grand Blanc’s Zach Leedom inbounds the ball during Monday night’s district opener against Fenton at Grand Blanc. Leedom had 19 points on five 3-pointers in the Bobcats’ 76-59 win. 
Photo by Rob Picken Grand Blanc’s Zach Leedom inbounds the ball during Monday night’s district opener against Fenton at Grand Blanc. Leedom had 19 points on five 3-pointers in the Bobcats’ 76-59 win. Photo by Rob Picken GRAND BLANC – Grand Blanc broke out of a season-ending slump and posted its second-highest point total of the year in beating Fenton 76-59 in a Class A boys basketball district opener Monday night.

Zach Leedom scored 19 points on five 3-pointers and Jackarus Smith added 18 points as the Bobcats (15-6) advanced to Wednesday night’s semifinals against Linden (5-15). Holly (14-6) and Brandon (13-7) played in the other semifinal. The winners will meet in the district final at 7 p.m. Friday.

Grand Blanc, the Kensington Lakes Activities Association-West Division champion, had lost its last three games of the regular season and four of its last five before erupting against Fenton.

The Bobcats hit the postseason running, taking a 19-15 first-quarter lead and expanding it to 43-32 at halftime. It was 61-48 going into the fourth, and Grand Blanc finished with its highest score since a 77-45 win over Waterford Mott on Dec. 15.

Lon Martin added 12 points and Trey Edwards scored 11 as the Bobcats hit a sizzling 12 of 16 shots from 3-point range. Leedom and Smith also grabbed six rebounds each.

The district champion will advance to a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Monday at Macomb Dakota against the Rochester Adams district winner.

The Bobcats closed the regular season last Thursday with a 71-61 loss to Canton Salem in the final consola- tion round of the KLAA tournament. Grand Blanc led 36-29 at halftime on the strength of Smith’s 16 points in the second quarter. The Bobcats were still up 48-45 going into the fourth but succumbed to Salem’s 26-13 rally in the final eight minutes.

GOODRICH: The Martians (11- 9) had a bye in Monday’s first round of the Class B district at Durand and played in Wednesday’s semifinals after VIEW deadlines. They had a third shot at Genesee Area Conference-Red rival Lake Fenton (18-3), which beat Flint Southwestern 62-59 Monday night. Corunna (11-9) beat Durand 60-49 in Monday’s second game and played Flint Powers Catholic (9-11) Wednesday night.

The district final is at 7 p.m. Friday, with the winner moving on to a 6p.m. regional semifinal Monday at Imlay City against the Croswell-Lexington district champ.

Goodrich finished the regular season last Thursday with its third one-point loss of the season, 39-38 at Lake Fenton in the GAC-Red finale. The Martians led much of the game but lost on Andrew Forester’s tip-in at the buzzer for their second one-point loss to the Blue Devils in 30 days.

Goodrich used a 12-2 second quarter to take a 17-8 halftime lead and had a 15-point command at one point in the second half.

Carrington Wiggins had 11 points, Jay Vallie had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals and Goliath Mitchell scored eight points. Landin Mitchell added six points and four rebounds and Diavonte Todd distributed four assists.

One night earlier the Martians beat Montrose 58-47 in a GAC-Red makeup game at home. Goodrich took control early with a 17-8 first quarter and a 34-19 halftime lead.

Goliath Mitchell had 14 points and three assists and Vallie had an all-around night with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Landin Mitchell also scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and freshman Mason Vitale added eight points and four rebounds. Wiggins had seven points and six assists. The Martians held Jared Long to 10 points after he had scored 32 in their earlier meeting.

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