Alcona tops Posen for fifth straight victory
POSEN-Everything seems to be coming together at the right time for the Alcona boys basketball team.
The Tigers (8-4, 7-3 North Star League) picked up a hard fought 62-50 win over Posen (9-4, 5-2 NSL) on Tuesday for their fifth straight win.
It’s the second time this season that the Tigers have defeated the Vikings.
“They hit shots and we didn’t. I don’t know what we shot, but we missed a lot of open shots that we normally hit. They out rebounded us and they controlled the game for the most part,” Posen coach Matt Ponik said.
The first quarter showcased tight play from both teams on both ends of the floor. Nick Hincka and Trenton LaVergne, top scorers for Posen and Alcona respectively, were often double and triple teamed defensively.
Alcona successfully held Hincka to two points in the first quarter. Travis Sharpe made up the difference by picking up seven.
Hincka still led Posen at the end with 20 points. Sharpe had 16.
LaVergne led Alcona with 28 points while Jamieson had 17.
The Vikings were able to take a 13-12 lead into the second quarter off the work of Chase Lewandowski and John Zaborney.
Posen furthered its lead to 20-14 with 5:39 left in the second quarter off of two Hincka buckets and a Sharpe trey. It was the Vikings biggest lead of the game.
Alcona’s defense was able to shut down Posen scoring for the rest of the period as it picked up 13 straight unanswered points.
A last second bucket by LaVergne gave Alcona a 27-20 lead going into the third quarter.
Hincka immediately narrowed Alcona’s lead to 27-23 by hitting a quick trey to open the third quarter.
The Tigers ran into foul trouble in the third, but Jamieson hit two treys in the third quarter to help maintain a 39-33 Alcona lead.
The Vikings were then outscored 23-11 in the fourth quarter to give Alcona a large victory margin.
A big part of the Tigers victory came from less heralded Alcona players finding their spot on the team and executing their roles.
“(Brandon) Smigelski is our shut down defender, he gets that job every night. Every night we put him on the other team’s best player and every night he responds. He doesn’t score much, but we don’t care. The boys are buying into their roles and that’s what we care about,” Somers said.
Jamieson picked up his third trey with 7:13 left in the game to pull Alcona up 42-34. LaVergne continued to pick up baskets, including going 4-for-4 at the line to pick up 10 points in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings picked up 7-of-8 free throws as well as two treys in the fourth. They continued to fight well defensively, but continued to be plagued by shooting troubles.
“My boys finally got it. They’re a team. Tonight was it, it was the culmination. We had some adverse moments, but they just said not today, we’re coming together. That to me is what we’re working for,” Somers said.
Alcona hosts Standish tonight and Posen travels to Hale on Friday.
ALCONA (62): T. LaVergne 12 4-5 28; G. Norling 1 0-0 2; J. Steiner 1 4-4 6; B. Smigelski 2 0-0 4; J. Schram 1 1-4 3; D. Forsythe 1 0-1 2; C. Jamieson 6 2-4 17.
POSEN (50): B. Sukas 1-2 1; M. Wisniewski 1 0-0 2; T. Sharpe 5 5-7 16; N. Hincka 7 4-4 20; C. Lewandowski 3 2-2 9; J. Zaborney 1 0-0 2.
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