GLADWIN – Gladwin outscored Farwell in three of the four quarters last Thursday, but a 19-3 second quarter differential proved to be too much for the Flying G’s to overcome. They trailed 30-15 at halftime, but battled back before falling 50-44. “We didn’t quit,” said Coach Josh Pahl, “but we got to play a complete game and the second quarter hurt us.”
Falling so far behind “breaks the back, but we made adjustments,” added Pahl. “It was a pretty big deficit to come back from, but we got it.” Those adjustments helped Gladwin cut the gap to three at 43-40 with over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The G’s started taking advantage of their size advantage by going inside on the offensive end. Gladwin outscored Farwell in the paint 32-20.
Several little things are preventing Gladwin from getting over the hump. Farwell out rebounded Gladwin by only one, but a put back on a missed free throw late extended their lead from four to six points, the final margin of victory. Poor free throw shooting, 39%, also hampered the G’s.
Derek Sackitt led all scorers with 19 points including a dunk that brought the local fans to their feet. He also added 10 rebounds. Wilson Bragg had 11 points and nine rebounds. Hunter Williams and Ethan Shea each had five points with Shea also collecting eight rebounds.
Gladwin played Pinconning last night ahead of their Gladwin County showdown with Beaverton, which is coming up this Friday. The girls’ teams play at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow around 7:30 p.m. “We are getting better, but just aren’t there yet,” said Pahl. “We got to learn how to win and that means playing four quarters.” Friday night would be a great time for the Flying G’s to put it all together.