STANTON — Snow was falling outside, inside in was raining three-pointers.
On Thursday night, the Big Rapids Cardinals were on fire. They drained nine three-pointers and 31 field goals in all, as they defeated the host Central Montcalm Hornets 74-37 in CSAA action.
“We’ve had, I think, three games where we scored 30 plus points in the first quarter,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. “We shot the ball, but we can shoot it better. It was a good start.”
Junior Quinn Tyson led the early attack as he scored 12 of the Cardinals’ first 15 points. It was 15-0 before the Hornets got their first point on a free throw by Gabe Nichols.
Big Rapids led 18-6 after the first quarter.
“He has had a couple of 21-point first quarters. He likes to shoot,” Ingles said of Tyson. “He has been a gym rat since the second grade. He has a little bit of an unorthodox shot and people don’t think he is going to shoot that deep. He gets to the line sometimes too.”
Big Rapids (13-0, 12-0) came into the game ranked No. 9 in Class B in the latest Associated Press poll and remained undefeated with the win.
“We don’t talk about it. It’s nice, but it doesn’t mean anything,” Ingles said of the rankings. “Our conference is down a little bit, there is no question. We just want to win the conference and go from there. It is a tribute to some of things kids.”
Central Montcalm (1-11, 1-10) coach John Kearney used this game a life learning lesson for the Hornets.
“One of the things I talked to the kids about is attitude. Part of life is you have to come out no matter what the odds are in life,” Hornets coach John Kearney said. “You have to be ready. Someone is going to be an underdog and how will you tackle that.
“If there is something you want, and someone is better, how do you compete? This is a life lesson,” he added.
Tyson continued his torrid play with nine more points in the second quarter as the Cardinals opened a 39-12 halftime lead. Tyson scored 21 first half points and finished the game with 25 points.
“Every game we get better,” Kearney said. “We work on things. They (Big Rapids) are good, but we are trying to put the little pieces together. We have a lot of young kids and they are working hard and trying.”
Big Rapids opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to take a 49-16 advantage. At that time, the reserves mainly played the rest of the game.
Kearney said his team played too fast and tried to keep up with the Cardinals.
“We did. You can, but you have to be smart,” Kearney said. “When we drove, we went one dribble too many. We have to read that before and do those things. That is a process we have to learn.”
Central Montcalm scored 17 points in the fourth quarter with eight different players registering points in the quarter and 10 overall in the game.
“They are very quick,” Kearney said. “In the second half they opened it up because of transition. We weren’t rotating fast enough. He has a lot of good kids that can do a lot of things.”
Jake Daughtery added eight points and Nick Baldwin seven points for Big Rapids. In all, 11 Cardinals scored points.
Jacob Ebels led the Hornets with six points. JJ Dulbandzyhan, Trevin Nemeth and Todd Switzer each scored five points.
Central Montcalm is at Morley Standwood on Monday.
BIG RAPIDS 74, CENTRAL MONTCALM 37
Big Rapids 18 21 14 21 — 74
C. Montcalm 6 6 8 17 — 37
BIG RAPIDS 13-0 (12-0) — J. Hayes 2 0-0 4, Green 2 0-0 5, Williams 2 0-1 5, Boyd 2 0-0 4, Baldwin 3 0-0 7, Brejcha 2 0-0 5, Tyson 10 0-0 25, Pellerito 2 1-2 5, A. Hayes 2 0-0 4, Daughtery 2 2-2 8, Armand 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 3-5 74. Three-point goals: Tyson 3, Daugherty 2, Green, Williams, Baldwin, Brejcha. Total fouls: 19. Fouled out: None.
C. MONTCALM 1-11 (1-10) — Schalow 1 2-2 4, Barnwell 1 0-1 2, Ledford 1 2-2 4, Plaven 0 1-2 1, Ebels 3 0-0 6, Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Nichols 1 1-2 3, Dulbandzyhan 2 1-3 5, Nemeth 2 1-4 5, Switzer 2 1-1 5. Totals: 14 9-17 37. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 6. Fouled out: None.