GLADWIN – It seems to have become a recurring theme for the Flying G’s. While the improvement is evident one bad quarter prevents them from winning. It happened again last Wednesday when Gladwin fell to Harrison 77-66. They were in the game most of the night including holding a three-point lead late in the third quarter.
After trailing 38-34 at halftime the G’s tied the score with four quick points from Ethan Shea. He finished a fast break with a bucket and scored again with a put back of a missed shot. Harrison went back in front with a three-point shot which was answered quickly when Wilson Bragg hit a three pointer of his own to make it 41-41. The teams traded buckets with Derek Sackitt scoring the next five Gladwin points to keep the score tied at 46. Bragg gave Gladwin a three-point lead, 49-46, with a long-range jumper late in the quarter. After a bucket by Harrison Shea scored again on a nice pass from Hunter Williams to put the G’s up by three again. Eight straight Harrison points gave them a five-point lead going into the fourth.
Harrison scored 21 points in the fourth and Gladwin couldn’t keep pace. At one point the Hornets went on a 13-0 run to put the game away. Harrison had a big night from beyond the three-point arc while Gladwin dominated in the paint. Harrison scored 33 points while making 11 of 26 three-point shots. Gladwin outscored Harrison in the paint 38 to 22 and also blocked seven Hornet shots. The G’s also did a nice job of limiting turnovers and moving the ball. They collected 19 assists on the night.
Sackitt had a big game for Gladwin. He scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Bragg also stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Shea had 10 points and eight rebounds. Williams have several nice entry passes on his way to 11 assists.
Gladwin came back two nights later to face a good Shepherd squad. The Blue Jays are 7-3 in their first year of Jack Pine Conference play. Shepherd dominated from the outset taking a 23-3 first quarter lead on their way to a 67-39 win. Bragg and Sackitt did most of the scoring for Gladwin with 17 and 16 points respectively.
Gladwin took on Remus Chippewa Hills at home last night after we went to press. They travel to Farwell this Friday for a game at 7:30 p.m.