2017-12-07 / Sports

Shorthanded Goodrich rolls past Brandon in opener

By Brandon Pope
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Goodrich’s Tyson Davis looks for a seam in the defense against Brandon during Tuesday’s season opener. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Goodrich’s Tyson Davis looks for a seam in the defense against Brandon during Tuesday’s season opener. Photo by Brandon Pope ORTONVILLE – Only having nine guys on the active roster on Tuesday didn’t slow down the Goodrich boys’ basketball team as it made the trek down M-15 to Ortonville Brandon and pulled off the win, 53-39. Goodrich was without Kevin-David Rice with a sprained ankle, Mattai Swain had an injured elbow, Tylor Leedom had a knee injury and Hayden Fernald a broken wrist.

“We found a way to get it done. It was a quality win,” said Goodrich coach Gary Barns. “We’re a very young team. It was a team effort. We were 11-for-14 from the freethrow line. I was pleased with that. A lot of young kids out there; a lot of kids that have never played varsity basketball. For us to come down and win in a Class A school on the road, we were very satisfied.”


Grand Blanc’s Kentrell Ware finds himself a step behind Carman-Ainsworth’s Ja’Kavien Lewis Tuesday night at Carman-Ainsworth. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Grand Blanc’s Kentrell Ware finds himself a step behind Carman-Ainsworth’s Ja’Kavien Lewis Tuesday night at Carman-Ainsworth. Photo by Timothy Mucciante Latrell Fordham had a huge stat line with seven points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks, Mason Vitale added eight points, eight boards and four blocks and Nick Waterworth had eight points and two steals.

Michael Stoner added five rebounds and one block and Tyson Davis tossed in 16 points with six boards, four assists and four steals. Nolan Robb put up eight points and four rebounds and Colby Wiggins had four points and three boards.

The Martians, 1-0, host Mt. Morris on Friday.

GRAND BLANC: The Bobcats’ season opener was definitely a close one against a quality basketball team. Hitting the road on Tuesday, Grand Blanc narrowly lost 79-73 to Carman-Ainsworth, one of the area’s best teams and a future league opponent beginning next year.

Tonight, I thought our guys competed at a very high level,” said Grand Blanc coach Mike Thomas. “I thought the energy, intensity and effort was there. Credit to Carman- Ainsworth’s defense. We didn’t do a very good job at taking care of the ball in the second half. Their full-court pressure and offensive rebounding gave us problems.”

Kortez Toles poured in a teamhigh 23 points to lead the Bobcats while Jakarus Smith added 20 points. Lon Martin came up with 12 points and Cameron Cyborowski tossed in 11.

The Bobcats, now 0-1, travel to another future league opponent on Friday in Saginaw Heritage.

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