By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola’s boys’ basketball team carried an unbeaten 3-0 record back home following two road wins and didn’t miss a beat last Saturday with victory number four as they ran away from the Fisher Bunny’s 48-35.
Senior Brayden VonLanken was a force in the paint scoring 19 points on 5 of 9 from the field. And, when he didn’t make it, the big man drew the foul then finished off 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Luke Sluder was a beast on the boards grabbing game and season high 10 rebounds, five of which came in the pivotal second quarter. Cade Kresin did some damage down low as well hauling in six rebounds while scoring six points all on the inside. Jacob Kibler delivered at the hoop also falling just short of the double-digit plateau scoring nine points on 4 of 9 shooting.
“It was nice to escape both ALAH and Uni with wins earlier in the week, but we knew we would have to play better moving forward,” stated the coach. “The beautiful thing about basketball is that you don’t have to wait a long time to play another game. We were frustrated after our performance Friday at Uni, and we were very proud of the mindset the kids came back with today, it was by far our most complete game of the season.”
The Warriors attacked the paint early with Kresin, VonLanken and Kibler all finding the bottom of the net, but a pair of threes in the frame by the Bunnies secured the visitors from the north a two-point lead after the first eight minutes of action at 11-9. They hit another trey early in the second before Bozarth rallied the troops on defense, and VonLanken took over the game underneath. Fisher managed just one point in the last five minutes of the first half, while VonLanken converted three times and hit both ends of a two-shot foul erasing the lead enroute to a double-digit lead at the break. Cole Cunningham chipped in with a long-range salvo as the Bunnies collapsed on the paint and put the Warriors up by 12 at 27-15.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Dec. 12 edition of The Tuscola Journal.