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Pine River boys hang on to beat Manton
the season.
"We tried to slow the game
MANTON — Well, that's some- down," Manton coach Ryan
Hiller said. "Our defense was
thing you don't see every day.
phenomenal for basically three
Pine River killed more than
quarters."
five minutes off the clock in the
That defense — a variation of a
fourth quarter on a single possession, then knocked down nine box-and-one with Jordan Sinkel
free throws in the final two min- and Chandler Shazri chasing
Bucks' standout guard Skyler
utes to hold off Manton, 47-38 in
a boys' Highland Conference bas- Nelson — helped the Rangers
to a 16-9 lead after the opening
ketball contest Friday night.
quarter.
The win keeps the leagueThe Bucks, meanwhile, strugleading Bucks undefeated in
conference play, a game ahead of gled with their shooting, which
allowed Manton to remain in
one-loss Beal City.
their zone look.
The low-scoring affair was all
"Normally, our other guys
part of the plan for the Rangers,
would shoot well and force them
who lost by 30 to Pine River on
out of that zone," Pine River
the road in the first contest becoach Brian Goodenow said.
tween the two schools earlier in
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Manton still led 24-20 at the
break, but Pine River (11-1, 8-0
Highland) began its comeback in
the third as the Rangers struggled from the charity stripe.
The hosts missed six freebies
in the third quarter as the Bucks
took a 38-34 lead into the final
stanza.
That's where things got interesting.
Pine River's guard tandem of
Brandon Hoaglund and Mitch
McDonald held on to the ball
near half court for just over five
minutes while the Rangers sat in
their zone defense.
"We weren't having much luck
against their zone, so rather
than play to their strength, we
thought we'd make them play to

Reed City cruises
to win over Holton

McBain succumbs to
hot-shooting Aggies
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MCBAIN — As the song
once put it, sometimes
you're the windshield.
And sometimes you're
the bug.
McBain experienced the
latter Friday night, as Beal
City started strong and
rolled to a 82-53 Highland
Conference victory in boys'
basketball action.
The win keeps the Aggies
a game behind leagueleading and unbeaten Pine
River in the loss column,
while McBain falls to 5-3.
Beal City led 18-12 after
the opening quarter, but
the Aggies — thanks to
some ridiculously hot
shooting — jumped out to a
40-22 lead at the break.
"Give them credit, they
shot the ball well, obviously," veteran McBain coach
Bruce Koopman said.
"We looked a step slow all

night long.
"Defensively, we didn't rotate at all and they beat us
up and down the court."
The Aggies connected on
70 percent from the floor
overall and 35 percent
from beyond the arc while
committing just nine turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Ramblers shot just 43 percent
overall and hit just one of
11 attempts from 3-point
land while turning the ball
over 20 times.
"Honestly, I thought we
had prepared well, but
obviously I didn't have us
ready to play, and that falls
on me," Koopman said.
Cole Powell paced the Ramblers with 10 points, while
Grant Gugle had eight and
Garrett Gugle and Kyle Heuker each had seven.
McBain is at Frankfort
marc vieau | cadillac news
Monday before hosting
McBain’s Garett Gugle looks to pass against a pair of Beal City
Pine River Thursday.
defenders during Friday’s Highland Conference contest.

Howard helps Red Wings beat Capitals 4-3 in SO
by LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer

DETROIT — Jimmy
Howard failed to stop Alex
Ovechkin's shot in the final
seconds of regulation.
But that was the last time
he let a puck get past him in
a successful return to the
ice.
Patrick Eaves scored on
Detroit's seventh attempt
in a shootout and Howard
denied Washington seven
times, giving the Red Wings
a 4-3 victory over the Capitals on Friday night.
Howard made 26 saves after missing four games with
an injured left knee.
"I felt surprisingly good,"
he said. "I didn't have any
issues at all with the knee,
which I think is a great sign
because I came back last
time and still felt it every
once in a while."
Ovechkin tied the game
with 7 seconds left in the
third period, but was one of
seven shooters who couldn't
score on Howard.
"I had opportunity before
to put puck in the net,"
Ovechkin said. "Howard
played really well."
Detroit's Gustav Nyquist
scored a tiebreaking goal
midway through the third
period, but the Red Wings
couldn't prevent the NHL's
goal-scoring leader from
sending the game to overtime.
The Capitals pulled their
goaltender late in regulation and the move paid off.
After a short break on the
bench, Ovechkin had time
and space to wind up for
a slap shot from above the
circles that sent the puck
past Howard and into the
net to make it 3-all.
"Ovechkin's a dangerous
guy," Detroit coach Mike
Babcock said.
Ovechkin has 39 goals this
season, his highest total
since scoring 50 times during the 2009-10 season
The banged-up Red Wings
welcomed back two key
players: Howard and Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg had missed
two games with a back in-

"This was a good learning experience for us," he said. "This
was a situation the guys haven't
been in.
"Give Ryan a lot of credit," he
added. "They made some big adjustments defensively, and they
pounded it in to their big guy
(Tyler Swing)."
McDonald paced the Bucks
with 15 points, nine rebounds
and four assists, while Hoaglund
added 12 points, six boards and
four dimes. Nelson added seven
points and seven rebounds, while
Lucas Harris had six points and
seven rebounds.
For Manton, Swing had 12
points and eight rebounds, while
Matt Skiver had 10 points and
Wyatt Baker added seven.

our strength and come out and
play us man-to-man," Goodenow
said. "I figured after a minute or
so, they'd come out and get us."
With two minutes to go, Manton finally did, forcing a Pine
River turnover. But the Bucks
got a defensive stop, and the
Rangers were forced to foul down
the stretch, allowing the Bucks
to close it out from the line,
where they made 9-of-10.
Despite the loss, Hiller was upbeat about his team's play.
"I thought that was a testament
to our defense," he said of Pine
River's stalling. "This is a good
step in the right direction for my
team."
For Goodenow, it's a solid road
win and a new experience.

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HOLTON — Reed City
wrapped up a big week
with an 80-35 win over
Holton in a Central State
Activities Association
contest Friday night.
The Coyotes were up 2812 after the first quarter
and had a commanding
47-25 lead at halftime.
With it being the third
game this week for Reed
City, bench play was a
nice bonus.
"This was a great team

effort," Reed City coach
Dean McGuire said. "Everyone played hard and
played well."
Chad Samuels paced
the Coyotes with 20 points
and four steals while Kyle
Wright had 19 points, 13
rebounds and four steals.
Dean Eichenburg had 12
points, Derek Lodholtz 11
points, TJ Patterson eight
rebounds and Josh Saez
four assists.
Reed City (9-1 overall,
8-1 CSAA) hosts Newaygo
on Tuesday.

Bears fall to Lakers
game," Bears coach Blair
Moss said. "We were
matching them bucketBUCKLEY — They're
for-bucket, but we went
getting a little closer.
cold there in the second
Buckley got off to a
quarter.
solid start but lost its
"We just haven't put
collective touch in the
four quarters together
second quarter, falling to
just yet, but we're getting
Glen Lake 65-47 in boys'
Northwest Conference
there," he added. "We have
basketball action Friday
a bunch of good kids, and
night.
they're giving me everyThe Bears trailed just
thing they've got."
23-18 after the opening
Luke Somsel paced
quarter, but a 35-9 run by
Buckley with 12 points,
the Lakers over the next
while Bryce Guernsy
two quarters put the game added 11.
out of reach.
Buckley hosts Mesick
"We were in the ball
Wednesday.
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Mickelson makes the cut
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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) deflects a shot by Washington Capitals center Casey
Wellman (48) during the shootout of a game in Detroit Friday. The Red Wings won 4-3.
jury.
"I think Zetterberg on the
bench really helped," Babcock said. "I don't care who
you are, when a lot of your
best players aren't there,
you're wondering where the
next goal's coming from."
Michal Neuvirth stopped
42 shots to match a career
high. One of his first was
perhaps his best, flashing
his glove to snag Nyquist's
shot off a rebound just in
front of the net midway
through the first period.
He also gave Washington a
shot to win in the shootout,
stopping the first six shots
he faced.
"Very frustrating being so
close to a win, but at least
we got one point," he said.
Jason Chimera put the
Capitals ahead 1-0 at the
15:24 mark of the first
period on a power play
and teammate Casey Wellman tied it at 2-all midway
through the third, scoring
on his third straight shot in

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a 2-second sequence.
"Took a couple of whacks
at it and it went in," Wellman said.
Washington had a chance
to tie the game again when
it went on the power play
with 3:29 left in the game.
Howard, though, helped
the Red Wings stay ahead
by smothering a shot from
Ovechkin.
"He made huge saves on
the penalty kill late," Babcock
said. "They had good chances
and he made great saves."
The lead didn't last much
longer because Ovechkin
made it 3-all late in regulation.
"People don't realize how

hard that shot is," Capitals
coach Adam Oates said.
The ice is terrible at that
time, the pass comes a long
way. Just to get good wood
on that puck is very difficult. He seems to shine at
that moment."
Drew Miller tied the game
early in the second and Danny DeKeyser gave the Red
Wings their first lead late in
the period.
"All in all, the guys
worked really hard and we
scored a goal late," Oates
said. "I think the guys gotta
feel pretty good about that.
Yeah, you want to win it,
but I think they feel pretty
good."

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —
Phil Mickelson made it to
the weekend in the Phoenix Open.
Another popular lefthander and a fellow former Arizona State player
set the pace.
A week after withdrawing from Torrey Pines
because of back pain,
Mickelson shot a 4-under
67 in his afternoon round

Friday at cool and breezy
TPC Scottsdale.
The defending champion was eight strokes
behind leaders Bubba
Watson and Matt Jones.
"I'm not totally out of
it," Mickelson said.
"Obviously, heading into the weekend, I'd like to
be closer, but as we have
seen in the past, there
is that 8-, 9-, 10-, in some
cases 11-under par round
out there."

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