Red Birds put up 87 points at home, improve to 4-0

by Peter Jakey-Managing Editor

No holiday rust slowed the Onaway boys’ basketball team. The squad blew out Pellston Tuesday, 87-43, and are off to a 4-0 start.

Joe Sigsby had a career-high 26 in the contest, but scoring came from many sources, including Derick Wregglesworth who put in 22 off the bench.

The team put up the highest point total of the early season and only made one 3-point shot from J.T. Pasella.

Head coach Eddy Szymoniak said it is the most points a Cardinal team has ever scored for him. It could have been higher if the boys did not miss so many 3-pointers. “We are a much better outside shooting team,” said Szymoniak.

The Hornets kept it close in the first, but the Cards started to take command with a 21-7 second quarter. Wregglesworth scored eight points during a 13-0 run to end the first half, including a shot at the buzzer. The score was 38-17 at the break.

The Cards followed up the 38 first half points with 49 in the second. Seven different players scored during the fourth quarter.

“I saw some bright spots with guys coming off of the bench,” said Szymoniak. “We did some positive things and we are going to need them down the stretch.”

The coach said some of the starters struggled from the field, but bench players picked them up.

“We showed some bright spots with our defense,” the coach said. “I was really happy to see the defensive pressure.” It led to several uncontested layups.

Patrick Dunn collected 15 rebounds and blocked three shots. Wregglesworth had 13 rebounds and three blocks.

The Cards were at Central Lake Thursday and then head to Mancelona Tuesday.

The junior varsity won 63-56 and improved to 3-1 on the season.