Eagle cagers fall in regional final to Lake Fenton
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ basketball team has been very proficient on the glass this season, especially on the defensive end of the court.
At last Wednesday’s MHSAA Class B Regional final at Corunna, the Eagles managed just 25 rebounds and failed to execute their fast break game, falling to Lake Fenton, 68-52.
‘Muth finishes its 2016-17 season with a stellar 21-3 record, a Class B District crown and a share of the Tri-Valley Conference East Division. The first loss of the year came in the December 13 opener against TVC co-champ Bridgeport. The last two came to Flint Hamady and Lake Fenton – both members of the Genesee Area Conference.
One factor that hampered the Eagles’ effort was foul trouble for Mario Whitley. The junior, who averages 25 points and 13 rebounds per game, was called for his third foul two minutes into the second quarter.
Whitley only took five shots from the field in the second half, scoring seven points. He finished, netting 15 points and grabbing five boards.
The Blue Devils led 13-10 after one quarter of play and extended that lead to 31-22 at halftime. Lake Fenton added to its advantage and led 44-32 at the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, as the Eagles fouled early and often while scoring 20 points. The Blue Devils were just 13 for 22 from the free throw line and scored 24 fourth-quarter points.
‘Muth could not get a consistent fourth-quarter scoring run.
Senior Grant Bronner scored 18 points to lead the Eagles. He was 7 for 16 from the field, 4 for 6 at the free throw line, grabbed seven rebounds and collected three assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Whitley was 4 for 11 from the floor and 5 for 6 at the free throw line, to go with two blocked shots, two assists and two steals. Junior Sam Gray posted eight points with two assists. Seniors Jared Davis and Jack Gilmour each scored five points (Gilmour took two charging calls; he totaled 16 for the season and the team had 30 overall). Senior Aaron Haubenstricker scored one point.
For the game, Frankenmuth was 14 for 37 from two-point range (38 percent), 4 for 19 from the three-point line (21 percent) and 12 for 19 at the free throw line (63 percent). They totaled 24 rebounds, five blocked shots, seven steals and 11 assists while committing 12 turnovers and 27 fouls. Both Whitley and Gray fouled out of the game and Bronner and Davis had four fouls each.
Frankenmuth opened the regional with a 73-50 victory over Alma on March 13. While the game story appeared in the March 15 issue, the final team and individual stats were not available.
Whitley paced the Eagles with 25 points on 9 for 18 shooting and going 7 for 8 at the free throw line. He pulled in nine boards and added four steals. Bronner scored 16 points on 7 for 19 shooting with five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Davis netted nine points and Gray, Haubenstricker and Gilmour each scored six points.
As a team, ‘Muth was 23 for 38 from two-point range (61 percent), 6 for 21 from the three-point line (29 percent) and 9 for 13 at the free throw line (69 percent). The team amassed 32 rebounds, three blocked shots, 19 steals and 10 assists while committing 14 turnovers and 14 fouls.