Fenton — Entering the 2021-22 varsity boys basketball season, one of the main questions for the Fenton Tigers was where would they get their offense.

 Besides Seth Logan, one wondered if the squad had enough offensive threats to put some fear in their Flint Metro League opponents.

 Apparently the Tigers do.

 The squad has scored at least 59 points in every game this season and are averaging 65.5 points a contest. That trend continued on Friday as the Tigers defeated the Kearsley Hornets 68-61 at Fenton High School.

 “It was great,” Fenton’s Lance Barkholz said. “We just played as a team and the shots just came. We got hot and we went on a roll. It was good.

 “We’re scoring at least 60 points a game and we’ve been sharing the ball well and some guys hit shots in different moments and we seem to be winning.”

 “We have a chance to put the ball in the basket quite a bit,” Fenton varsity boys basketball coach Chad Logan said. “Look at our games and it’s not always us hitting three-pointers. We do get to the basket quite a bit and we get to the foul line a lot. This isn’t a 45-point team.”

 The Tigers were efficient on offense against Kearsley. Fenton made 21-of-42 shots with seven being three-pointers. They attempted 28 free throws and also turned the ball over just nine times. The only reason the game was as close as it was probably had to do with the Tigers’ free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter. The Tigers led 56-45 entering the fourth and after a short hoop by Seth Logan, Fenton led 58-45 with 5:28 left in the contest. The Tigers were in control, and all they really had to do was make free throws from that point on.

 However, the Tigers made just 3-of-7 over the next four minutes while the Hornets started nailing their shots. A three-pointer by Dakari Neely cut the Tigers’ lead to 61-54 with 1:34 still remaining on the clock. However, the Tigers got stronger at the line down the stretch, nailing 7-of-8 on their next four trips to the line. Connor Luck hit four during that stretch, and Justin Banura hit the final two during it, giving the Tigers a 68-59 lead with just 14.5 seconds left.

 Kearsley’s offense was doing pretty well in the first quarter as well. The teams found themselves in a back-and-forth battle, but eventually Kearsley took a 13-7 lead  on a three-pointer by Dylan Ruhstorfer. However, Fenton fought back and a baseline driving layup by Sam Dillard II resulted in a bucket and a foul. He made the free throw and the Tigers trailed just 17-15 after one quarter.

 The second quarter was the Ja’Hion Bond show, as Fenton’s sophomore scored 10 second-quarter points. Bond made a conventional three-point play and back-to-back driving layups to give Fenton a 26-21 lead, but Kearsley fought back to tie it. However, Fenton finished the first half on an 8-1 run. Luck assisted a Dillard trey that gave Fenton a 29-26 lead and that was followed by a Luck assist on a Bond trey. Logan assisted a driving layup to Luck, giving the Tigers a 34-26 lead. They’d take a 34-27 lead into halftime.   

 Fenton never trailed in the second half and usually led by about eight to 12 points. And if the second quarter was the Bond show, the third quarter was all about Barkholz. He hit a trey with 6:03 left in the quarter, and would go on to hit one with 5:28, 4:00 and 3:23 left in the third quarter. His treys would help the Tigers take a 56-44 lead entering the fourth.

 “It was amazing. It felt like I was in a dream,” Barkholz said about his three-point run. “It was a lot of fun.”

 The Tigers had a balanced attack with Bond finishing with a team-high 17 points. Barkholz netted 16 points while Logan finished with 15 points. Dillard II, Luck and Banura had six points each.

 “We’ve got some pieces now,” Chad Logan said. “If you want to take away Seth, we have some other guys that can go and get 15 points, which is what probably happened tonight.”

 Fenton (2-1 in the Flint Metro League Stripes Division and 5-1 overall) travels to Ortonville-Brandon on Tuesday for a Metro crossover game and then travel to Linden for a pivotal Stripes Division contest on Friday.

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