Fenton — During the first quarter of Fenton’s varsity boys basketball game against Kearsley, no one was hotter on the court than Fenton’s Seth Logan.
Logan made 5-of-8 shots with four of them being three-pointers. Logan finished the first quarter with 15 points.
But after that, the Hornets’ defense remained a pest in his side as he was only able to score on four free throws in the middle two quarters. As the game hit the waning moments, the last time Logan made a three-point attempt was with 52 seconds left in the opening quarter.
It didn’t matter.
When the Tigers needed a key bucket, they went back to their hot hand from the first quarter and Logan nailed that three-pointer. The hoop made what was a 50-48 Kearsley lead into a 51-50 Fenton lead with 1:22 remaining. The Tigers’ defense was effective the rest of the way and Fenton’s Connor Luck hit a free throw down the stretch earning the Tigers a thrilling 52-50 home victory.
“It feels good to hit a couple early in the game and see a couple go down free-throw-wise,” Logan said. “The net felt a little big there and it just felt good out of my hand and it went in,”
“Every game since I’ve been here has been just like that one against Kearsley,” Logan’s father and Fenton varsity boys basketball coach Chad Logan said. “They are all one-, two- or three-point games all the way around. I don’t know what they do to scout us and what we do to them, but whatever we are doing in basketball with Fenton-Kearsley it’s a rivalry. Our natural rivalry is Fenton-Linden, but the way these games are competitive it plays into a rivalry.”
The contest was close throughout but Kearsley usually led. The largest Kearsley lead was a 32-23 edge after a driving bucket by the Hornets’ Jo Coleman with 7:12 left in the third quarter. The largest lead for the Tigers was the actual final score, but Fenton led by one six other times.
Kearsley jumped to a 6-0 lead early, but with Seth Logan holding a hot hand, that lead didn’t last long. The Tigers led by one twice in the first quarter. The first time came after Logan’s third trey of the quarter, giving Fenton an 11-10 lead, but Kearsley’s Tyler Csintyan responded with a trey of his own, giving the Hornets a 13-11 lead. Once again, Logan responded with his final trey of the game until the fourth quarter, putting the Tigers up 14-13. Again, Kearsley answered back when Jace Chapman hit a three-pointer. The Tigers tied the game at 16-all on a Luck jumper. The game remained tied at 16 at the end of the first quarter.
Fenton had two one-point leads in the second quarter. The first came at 19-18 on a three-pointer by Gavin Shepherd. The second came just moments later at 21-20 on a layup by Justin Banura with 3:00 left in the half, but Kearsley ended the half with a 10-2 run and led at the break 30-23.
The third quarter was the only stanza Fenton never led, but an 11-3 run helped cut what was a 32-23 deficit to just 35-34 after Ja’Hion Bond scored on layup. Fenton trailed just 37-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter. The last time it happened, was at 50-47 after Coleman hit a layup for Kearsley with just 2:30 left. However, the Hornets never scored another point while the Tigers eventually took the lead and earned the win. A converted free throw by Logan cut the gap to 50-48 with 2:24 left. Then, 62 seconds later, Logan hit the go-ahead three-pointer, giving Fenton the lead for good.
Logan likes what the Tigers are doing right now. They are 3-1 entering today’s home game against Davison.
“We have a great family over here,” Logan said. “Everyone loves each other. We have no complaints toward anyone and it’s going to be like that for a long time.”
Logan finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Shepherd had seven points while Luck netted five points. Noah Sage had five rebounds will Joe Sullivan had four rebounds.