Carson City-Crystal tops Hornets at Shepherd tourney


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:57 am on Thursday, December 29, 2011

SHEPHERD — Carson City-Crystal’s boys basketball team had to come from behind for the second straight game.

The Eagles, who came from behind to beat Belding Dec. 20, came back from a halftime deficit to knock off the Central Montcalm Green Hornets 64-61 in overtime Wednesday night in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament.

This time around, though, CC-Crystal (3-2) was up early, said coach Ryan Fritz.

“We got out 14-6 early and they (Central Montcalm) missed a bunch of shots,” Fritz said. “We weren’t really playing well. In the second quarter we continued to not to play well.”

In fact, the Hornets (0-6) were outscored 16-6 in the second quarter, and all six of the Eagles’ points came from Maxxton Jolls.

“We didn’t make any outside shots,” Fritz said. “We played an inside-out-game and didn’t make any shots.”

Down 27-20 at halftime, “the kids were looking for a little payback in the locker room,” Fritz said. “In the start of the second half we turned up the pressure on them (Central Montcalm). In the third quarter we turned up the tempo and the kids responded real well.”

That led to the entire seven-point deficit being erased in the third quarter. That made the score 40-40 with eight minutes to go.

“In the fourth quarter it was a teeter-totter,” Fritz said. “We were up by two and down by two, up by two and down by two.”

The result was both teams scored 12 points, sending the game into overtime.

“We scored first, got a score, got a stop and held the ball and made free throws,” Fritz said.

In fact, all six of the free throws Mitchel Schneider shot were in the overtime period. He was 5-of-6 to give the Eagles a win.

“It’s good to get a game in there and it’s even better to get a win,” Fritz said.

Brann Schmitt scored 15 points, Alex Haines added 14 and Jolls had 13 to lead the Eagles. Alex Maxted was Central’s top scorer with 15 and Forest Bartz and Ben Bishop added 11 each.

CC-Crystal will have a long layoff before their next game, which is Jan. 6 at home against Dansville in the first Central Michigan Athletic Conference game of the season.

The Hornets, meanwhile, will have an even longer layoff, waiting until Jan. 10 to host Reed City in a Central State Activities Association game.

BOX SCORE

CC-Crystal 14 6 20 12 12 — 64

Cent. Mont. 11 16 13 12 9 — 61

CC-CRYSTAL (3-2) – Clark 0 1-2 1, Schmitt 7 1-3 15, Schneider 2 5-6 10, Haines 5 0-1 14, Gage 1 0-0 3, Jolls 5 0-0 13, Torres 2 4-4 8. Totals: 22 11-16 64. Three-point goals: Schneider, Haines 4, Jolls 3. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: Jolls.

CENTRAL MONTCALM (0-6) – Schalow 1 0-0 3, Sleet 1 0-0 2, Plavan 4 0-0 7, Bartz 3 4-6 11, Cilibraise 4 0-1 10, Maxted 7 0-1 14, Nemeth 1 1-4 3, Bishop 5 0-0 11. Totals: 26 5-12 61. Three-poingt goals: Schalow, Bartz, Plavan, Cilibraise 2, Bishop. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.

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