Hometown Hoops: Exciting finishes highlight mid-point of season
As Hometown Hoops and the basketball season reached its halfway point on Friday night, teams were fighting not only for momentum heading into the final stretch, but also to cement their place at the top of their conferences.
In our Hometown Hoops Game of the Week, unbeaten 9-0 teams Freeland and Bridgeport boys went toe to toe deep into the fourth quarter in a back and forth battle. Freeland had an extremely brief 40-39 lead midway through the fourth, but the Bearcats immediately scored and the went on a run to seal the victory 57-48.
Elsewhere in the Tri-Valley Conference, the Carrollton boys took down Birch Run 43-38.
In the Saginaw Valley League, the Saginaw boys survived an early Heritage onslaught to win on the road 69-57. Meanwhile, Arthur Hill dominated Dow as well.
Hamady and Goodrich boys and girls both had highly anticipated matchups. Playing without Krystal Rice, the Hamady girls struggled against the Martians, falling 54-36. With the win, Goodrich takes sole possession of first place in the G.A.C. Red. The boys game went down to the wire, the Hawks withstanding a late Martian run to win 77-70.
Beecher flexed their muscle against Lake Fenton, winning 88-63 behind Malik Ellison's career high 34 points.
In girls action, the Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers overcame a 17 point third quarter deficit to beat Lapeer 54-47.
Elsewhere, the Flint Generals alumni took down the Red Wings alumni 7-5 at a fun night inside the Dort Federal Credit Union event center.