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Bay City roundup: Rafter rejection sets up in-bound buzzer beater

MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City logo MLive- Flint/Saginaw/Bay City 2/26/2021 Lee Thompson,
a group of men playing a game of basketball: Reese’s Levi Foco takes a shot at the basket against Vassar Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at Vassar High School. © Cody Scanlan | Reese’s Levi Foco takes a shot at the basket against Vassar Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at Vassar High School.

BAY CITY, MI — A look at the high school sports scene in the Bay City area for Feb. 25, 2021, as reported to MLive. Area coaches are asked to submit results and highlights the night of each game by emailing

Please check back often as this post is being updated as information becomes available.


Call it a gift from above.

Ogemaw Heights needed something unique to happen for a chance to win its tightly contested showdown with Roscommon, and its prayers were answered.

Trevor Brown scored at the buzzer, vaulting Ogemaw to a stunning 39-37 victory — with a twist that came from high above the court.

Roscommon was in-bounding the ball with 2 seconds left in regulation with the score knotted at 37-37. The Bucks attempted a fullcourt in-bound pass, but the high-arcing ball clanged off the rafters and was deemed Ogemaw’s possession under its own basket.

“Overtime was coming, so I was glad just to see us get a chance,” Ogemaw coach Mike Weiler said.

The Falcons made the most of that chance, in-bounding the ball to Brown, who muscled it up and in as the buzzer sounded for the dramatic victory.

The win propels Ogemaw to its first 6-0 start since 1995, when the Falcons rattled off 15 straight wins to open the season.

“Most of these guys have played together since third grade,” Weiler said. “They play well together and they have fun doing it.”

Ogemaw built a 22-10 lead at halftime, only to see Roscommon fight its way back. The Bucks knocked down four 3-pointers in the third quarter and one to start the fourth to take the lead. But Ogemaw would have the final say.

Brown finished with 10 points and six rebounds in the win. Hudson Hodgins scored 14 points with seven rebounds and Wyatt Veltman added 12 points and six boards.

Mac Schultz paced Roscommon with 14 points and Joel Ewald scored 12.


It was an ugly night of offense for Essexville Garber, which was stuck on zero heading into the second quarter and finished with less than 30 points in a game for the first time since 2017.

The Dukes couldn’t get anything rolling in a 51-29 loss to Freeland in their Tri-Valley East matchup.

Freeland led 10-0 after the first quarter and 22-7 at the half. Josh Elliott scored 15 for the Falcons and Alex Duley added 12.

Evan Burrows scored 13 to pace Garber while Tommy Szczepanski hauled down 10 rebounds.


Reese showed its explosive capabilities in a big, big way.

The Rockets erupted for 50 first-half points en route to a 74-24 victory over Cass City, improving to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Greater Thumb West.

Reese led 20-12 after one quarter then allowed just 12 points the rest of the way, highlighted by a third-quarter shutout. Five players scored eight or more points in the win.

Damarquss Palmreuter led with 13 points, Jesse Stricker scored 11, Levi Foco nine and Tanner TerBush and Jacob Rau eight.

Kenton Wiseman scored 11 for Cass City and Bryce Fernald seven.


Laker is on a bit of a roll, rattling off its third straight victory with a 64-45 win over Vassar in Greater Thumb West play.

The Lakers (4-2, 3-2) led 35-22 at the half and never relented. Anthony Sheridan and Sawyer Kozfkay led the way with 15 points apiece. Hunter Krohn scored 11 and Dylon Wehner eight in the balanced attack.

“We’re starting to play more consistent,” Laker coach Bill McLellan said. “We need to keep improving on defense.”

Gideon Damm led Vassar with nine and Marquavis Crist added eight.


Bay City Central nearly made a perfect run through a trio of Saginaw Valley League foes, denied only by tiebreaker criteria.

The Wolves defeated Saginaw Heritage 39-24 and Flint Carman-Ainsworth 36-16 and tied Saginaw Arthur Hill 30-30. The tiebreaker left them on the short end against Arthur Hill but left them with a successful 2-1 night.

“The kids wrestled well tonight,” Central coach Kevin Couturier said. “Our varsity lineup consists of a good majority of new wrestlers who have gotten better each week since the start of the season.”

Zach Oltman, Shylin Hurston, Logan Weiler, JaVon Anderson and Alex Jerome all went 3-0 on the day for Central.


Gladwin was playing tough on defense through three quarters.

Then the Flying G’s took it to another level for the final frame.

Holding an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Gladwin allowed just two more points to secure a 44-30 win over Sanford Meridian in the Jack Pine Conference clash.

“The girls played strong defense the entire game, not giving Meridian many quality shots,” Gladwin coach Jerome Smalley said. “My entire team is getting better. I am glad to see that.”

Chloe Kokotovich tallied a 14-point, nine-rebound performance for Gladwin (4-2) while Anna Seebeck scored 13 points.


Standish-Sterling knows how to win the close ones.

And that ability loomed large once again, as the Panthers outdueled Saginaw Valley Lutheran 64-61 in Tri-Valley West action. The Panthers have prevailed in four thrillers en route to their second 6-0 start in three seasons.

Standish-Sterling (6-0, 5-0) saw a 35-25 halftime lead vanish and had to come from behind in the fourth quarter.

Cole Prout led the attack with 14 points, with Chase Raymond scoring 13, Truman King 10 and Addison Vallad eight.

Keaton Ringley did his part to keep Valley Lutheran in contention, piling up 27 points. Josh Samsell added 18 for the Chargers.


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