Gladwin Boys Basketball


When Gladwin fell behind Harrison by 12 points in the first quarter last Thursday it looked like they might be in danger of losing their second game in a row. “We came out really flat to start the game tonight,” said Coach Mike Verellen. “We were having a ton of trouble stopping dribble penetration and just getting back on transition defense.”  After getting out to an early 4-2 lead they saw the Hornets score 14 straight points to go up 16-4. Even with all of the momentum going against them the Flying G’s continued to attack and in the process get Harrison in foul trouble. The first quarter ended with the G’s down 18-11, but Harrison had already committed eight fouls including two on Logan Ashcroft, one of the Hornets better players. His second foul forced him to the bench with over three minutes left in the quarter.

Harrison scored on their first possession of the second quarter to make it 20-11, before Gladwin went on a run. Dalton Peters hit a free throw then blocked two Harrison shots on the Hornets next possession.  Lucas Mead scored on a fast break and was fouled. After he missed Peters grabbed a rebound and scored to make it 20-16. Harrison then missed a three-point attempt, which resulted in a long rebound for Mead. He went all the way in the other direction for two more points. 

Harrison was clearly rattled at this point and when Mead came up with a steal Gladwin had the chance to tie or take the lead. Josh Leinenger ended up with the ball and an open look. He knocked down the three-pointer giving the Flying G’s a 21-20 lead less than two minutes into the quarter. Gladwin had erased a seven-point deficit with a 10-2 run in one minute and thirty-one seconds. The teams traded buckets the rest of the way and Gladwin went into the halftime break leading 30-29. “By the second quarter we had cleaned up a lot of the problems and started to get a good number of transition baskets of our own,” continued Verellen. 

Poor shot selection by Harrison in the third quarter helped Gladwin take control of the game. The Gladwin defense forced the Hornets into multiple bad three-point shots, which resulted in long rebounds and fast break opportunities for the Flying G’s. Gladwin outscored Harrison 19-10 in the third to take a 10-point lead. Gladwin went on to win 64-53. “Our uptick on defense fed our offense,” concluded Verellen.

Mead led the Flying G’s with 23 points and six rebounds. Denver Peters had 10 points and nine rebounds; Dalton Peters added eight points and seven rebounds, Josh Leinenger had nine points. 

Gladwin got off to a great start in their game with Clare last Tuesday. The Flying G’s jumped out to an 8-0 lead just minutes into the game, but it turned out to be a game of runs. Gladwin had little trouble with the Clare press 

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early pushing the ball up the court at every opportunity. Their initial lead grew to 10-2 before Clare got their own offense going. The Pioneers had a run of their own at the end of the first quarter outscoring Gladwin 8-3 to make it 13-10 after one quarter.

Gladwin scored seven straight points to open the second quarter to go up by ten, 20-10, but the Pioneers battled back. In what was probably the most exciting quarter of offensive basketball to date both teams scored 25 points to go into the halftime break with Gladwin leading 38-35.

The Pioneers took over mid-way through the third quarter and eventually built a five point lead 55-50 after three. Gladwin was unable to make up the deficit in the fourth losing 69-62. “We got off to a strong start to begin the game, but in the end foul trouble got the better of us,” said Verellan. Gladwin had six players with at least four fouls allowing Clare to shoot twice as many free throws as Gladwin. The Pioneers made 33 of their 44 foul shots. Gladwin attempted 22 free throws making 14 of them.

“One bright spot for us was Brady Gehrett coming off the bench. He went five for five from beyond the three-point arc while scoring a game high 19 points for Gladwin,” added Verellan. Mead had 13 points for the Flying G’s; Denver Peters added eight and Aaron Kozlow six. Denver Peters led Gladwin with 15 rebounds: Jhace Massey had nine, Mead and Dalton Peters had eight apiece.

Gladwin goes into the Christmas break with a Jack Pine Conference record of 2-1. The Flying G’s are 2-2 and do not play again until January 4 when they host John Glenn.

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