Fenton — It was a game that featured eight lead changes and five tie scores.
However, the Fenton Tigers scored points on each of their final seven possessions, resulting in a 51-45 victory against the Holly Bronchos.
“We made a couple of shots,” Fenton varsity boys basketball coach Chad Logan said. “(Brendan) Alvord scored on a good pass from somebody. (Gavin) Shepherd hit one on a pass from somebody. I think Ja’Hion (Bond) had a layup in there. There was a period in there with four-and-a-half-minutes left we had what we call winning time. I think every coach calls it winning time, and we executed. I have to give Matt Sullivan a little credit because I was a little frustrated in the first half and I was getting at them too much and he told me to chill out at halftime a little bit. I hate to say good job Matt Sullivan but good job Matt Sullivan.”
The Bronchos trailed 37-29 entering the final quarter, but began the stanza with an 11-2 run. Ryan Ortiz and Aleczander Lewis hit key three-pointers, setting up the run and another Lewis trey ended it. Holly led 40-39 with 5:07 left. The run continued when Samuel Fleischer hit a trey, raising Holly’s lead to 43-39 with just under five minutes remaining. However, that’s when the Tigers made their final run. Fenton scored on each of its final seven possessions. The first came on two converted free throws by Seth Logan and continued with a Logan layup. The Tigers were tied 43-all with 3:30 left in regulation.
Fenton’s run continued with Alvord’s trey, giving the Tigers a 46-43 lead with 2:57 remaining. Holly was able to cut the gap to 46-45 with a baseline driving layup by Lewis, but Holly wouldn’t score during the final 2:39 of the contest. Meanwhile, Alvord made a free throw on Fenton’s next possession and Logan hit a driving layup with 50 seconds left, raising Fenton’s lead to 49-45. Connor Luck and Alvord iced the victory by each making 1-of-2 free throws during the Tigers’ final two possessions.
“We gave up a lot of early transition baskets where we didn’t get back on defense very well,” Holly varsity boys basketball coach Steve DeHart said. “We didn’t defensive rebound worth anything all night and that made it rough. They were in the double-bonus early in the second half. We kind of played right into their advantage.”
The game had its contradictions. Both teams struggled with their defensive rebounding at times and neither team shot very well with Holly making just 17-of-52 shots while Fenton hit on just 15-of-51 shots.
However, there weren’t a ton of turnovers. Holly turned it over 10 times while Fenton did so 12 times. Neither team had a turnover in the fourth quarter.
It wasn’t a very efficient offensive game by either team in the first quarter. A layin by Holly’s Lewis made sure the Bronchos led 9-8 entering the second quarter. During the second quarter Holly hit just three field goals (two treys by Lewis and another by Samuel Fleischer) while Bond scored six second-quarter points for Fenton, resulting in an 18-18 halftime tie.
Fenton hit three-pointers by Logan and Connor Luck early, giving the Tigers a 24-20 lead at the start of the second half. The lead grew to 31-24 after a trey by Gavin Shepherd, but the Bronchos fought back and had a three-pointer by Bryce Goins and then had Goings convert two free throws, cutting the gap to 34-29. Fenton led 35-29 entering the final quarter.
Bond led a balanced scoring attack for Fenton with 12 points. Alvord had 11 points while Logan had 10 points. Sage and Luck finished with six points each. Holly had a balanced attack as well. Lewis led the Bronchos with 15 points while Goings had eight points, all in the second half. Dzendzel had seven points while Fleischer had six points.