STANDISH – The Gladwin Boys Basketball Team opened District play last week on a positive note when they defeated Clare 50-38.
“We came out of the gates strong tonight, but had to fight to close this one out,” said Coach Mike Verellen. “We got great work early out of our post guys.” Derek Sackitt had nine of his 17 points in the first quarter. The Flying G’s got out to a big lead scoring 16 straight points to start the game.
Clare got back into the game in the second quarter and when Jacob Recker hit a half court shot at the buzzer Gladwin’s lead was down to two points 22-20. “We know that Recker is their horse and we made some adjustments at the half and held him scoreless the rest of the way,” continued Verellen. “A big third quarter push allowed us to mostly keep them at bay the rest of the way.” Gladwin outscored Clare 19-7 in the third to put the game away.
Sackitt led the Flying G’s with 17 points and eight rebounds. Wilson Bragg had 12 while Ethan Shea added eight points and Hunter Williams seven.
The win over Clare allowed Gladwin to move on to the second round against Standish. “It was a back and forth game for about three quarters,” said Verellen. “Standish blew the lid off after a couple Ethan King three-point makes early in the fourth quarter.”
“The game was tied at 33 with about three minutes left in the third quarter, but a few missed opportunities and unfortunate calls let it get away from us,” continued Verellen. “We only ended up scoring one basket in the entire fourth quarter. My guys played hard and gave themselves a shot at it until late in the game. That’s all I can ask for.”
Sackitt was once again the leading scorer for Gladwin with 13 points. He also had nine rebounds and four blocks. Shea had seven points and nine rebounds. Bragg scored nine points. The Flying G’s ended the season with an 8-9 record.