Men get defensive, women roll as Bay sweeps Alpena CC
ALPENA — The Bay College men prevailed in a defensive battle Wednesday night as they posted a 60-52 basketball triumph over Alpena Community College.
“We played a straight man-to-man and packed it in,” said Bay College coach Matt Johnson. “We wanted to key on Michael Stuart. He scored 26 points on his the first time (in an 82-57 triumph at home Nov. 8). Dre Tuominen and Marcus McKenney did a real good job on him. We wanted the ball out of his hands as much as possible and with a lot of help from our helpside defense we did a good job of eleminating penetration. He did get 21, but for the most part we did a real good job containing him. He got most of his points very late in the game.”
Stuart scored 18 of his points in the second half for Alpena, which trailed 28-20 at the intermission. Jameson Pierrelus finished with 12.
The victory enabled the Norse (7-5) to end a two-game losing streak. They were led by Tyler Williette and Kobi Lumsden-Barnes with 13 points each and Alfonzo Fields at 12.
“We slowed the pace, not by design so much, but we ran more set plays,” said Johnson. “Because of it, the pace slowed down. We did a pretty good job moving the ball and making sure we had some longer possessions. We also did a real good job in terms of transition defense. We had to tough this one out.”
The Bay College men host Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Saturday at 3 p.m.
Bay College 28 60
Alpena CC 20 52
Bay College — Fields 12, Ellis 2, Tuominen 8, Willette 13, McKenney 6, Smith 4, Lumsden-Barnes 13, Briggs 2. FT: 9-15; F: 18; Fouled out: Lumsden-Barnes; 3-point field goal: Tuominen.
Alpena Community College — Harris 3, Stewart 21, Pierrelus 12, Rice 3, Bell 5, Tucker 2, Brewer 2. FT: 8-17; F: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Stewart 4, Perrilus 3, Rice, Bell, Brewer.
Bay College 59
Alpena CC 45
ALPENA — A strong fourth quarter proved helpful to the Bay College women in their conquest of the Lumberjacks.
The Norse (5-5), winners of two straight, led 43-36 after the third stanza.
“I thought we played well on both ends of the court in the fourth quarter,” said Bay College coach Rae Drake, Jr. “I think we wore them down and did a real good job getting the ball down the court. We hung in there and battled hard. We played with a compassion to compete and win.”
Jordan Kraemer led the Norse with 19 points. Paige Welch and Justice Kinnunen added 12 apiece.
“They were much bigger than us and sat in a 2-3 zone,” said Drake of his team’s height disadvantage.