Chalk up another one
The Tyler Pintar and Andy Marwede show was on full display for the Alpena boys basketball team on Friday.
The duo combined for 38 points and the Wildcats earned their 11th straight win, topping Gaylord for the second time in six days, 55-40, at Alpena High School.
Alpena had previously beaten the Blue Devils 78-44 on Saturday.
The score wasn’t so lopsided the second time around, but the Wildcats (11-1, 7-1 Big North), had a sluggish start to the game before pulling away late in the second quarter.
This game marked the fourth time Alpena has played in seven days and while all four games have been wins, the Wildcats might have been fighting through some fatigue on Friday.
“I don’t think we played up to our standards all over the place. A little disappointing on the offensive end,” Alpena coach John Pintar said. “On the defensive end I thought we played with intensity for the most part, but offensively we didn’t make some shots we normally made, so we made it a little tougher on ourselves.”
Marwede finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds and Tyler had 13 points. The pair combined for 28 of Alpena’s 30 points in the first half as some of the Wildcats’ other starters had trouble getting shots to fall.
The Blue Devils had trouble stopping Marwede as he did a little of everything on the floor. Late in the first quarter Marwede dunked after a missed layup attempt by Pintar and raced back down the floor to block a shot on Gaylord’s next possession. He hit shots from all over, finishing on missed layups, knocking down jump shots and grabbing every ball he could get his hands on.
“What makes our team go all year is that Tyler and Andy lead us,” Pintar said. “When they have that kind of point total, usually the other guys are consistent, so that’s out of character for those guys not to score like they normally do.”
Alpena led 16-10 after one quarter and 30-19 at halftime after Marwede scored nine points in the second quarter.
The Blue Devils found themselves hounded by Alpena’s defense all game, though the Wildcats did a good job of staying out of foul trouble too.
Gaylord cut Alpena’s lead to six, 34-26, with 5:10 to go in the third quarter, but Alpena answered with a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats a sizable lead for good; 44-26 with 1:10 left in the period. Gaylord was further hindered by a scoring drought for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter; a stretch which Alpena used to take a 52-30 lead with five minutes to play.
Brad Styma added 10 points for Alpena, all in the second half and Collin Watters paced the Blue Devils with 13 points.
Alpena hosts Cheboygan on Monday in a Hoops for Hope game.
Gaylord’s JV team topped Alpena in overtime 61-59. Caleb Myers led Alpena with 19 points, Dylan Tucker added 14 and Braedan Werth and Joe Ayala each had 10 points.
Alpena’s freshman team beat the Blue Devils 72-66 in overtime. Trevor Roznowski led Alpena with 21 points, Barrett Jones added 19 and Bailey Marquardt had 10.
ALPENA (55): C. Tucker 0 2-2 2; A. Marwede 11 2-2 25; T. Pintar 5 1-2 13; B. Styma 5 0-0 10; B. Styma 2 0-0 4; D. Hoes 0 1-2 1.
GAYLORD (40): M. O’Rourke 2 0-0 6; S. Fitzek 4 0-1 8; C. Watters 5 1-2 11; Z. Pasternak 4 3-6 12; S. Rinke 1 0-0 3.
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