2005-03-16 / Sports

Bays Make Regional Final Before Losing to Unbeaten Posen

Left photo: Brimley’s Travis Lynn (with ball) drives into heavy traffic under the basket against Posen “twin towers.” Right photo: Bays senior Josh Winkler (44) scores from close in despite tough Viking defense.Left photo: Brimley’s Travis Lynn (with ball) drives into heavy traffic under the basket against Posen “twin towers.” Right photo: Bays senior Josh Winkler (44) scores from close in despite tough Viking defense. By David Latva

Brimley had to play catch-up basketball throughout the Class D regional championship game and just couldn't get over the hump, as undefeated Posen handed the Bays a 66-52 setback Friday, March 11, at Newberry High School.

"We probably had one of the poorest shooting games of the season," said Bays Coach Reg Robbins. "There is a group of disappointed players in the locker room that realize they can play better. Posen is a good team, but we didn't show the true Brimley team."

This match-up was also played under a series of runs by both teams, as Posen recorded six, for a 44-4 advantage, and Brimley registered five, for a 33-5 margin. The Vikings had runs of 5-0, 6-0, 8-0, 11-4, 7-0, and 7-0, while the Bays marked 6-2, 7-0, 7-1, 8-2, and 5-0.

Josh Winkler led the Bays’ offense with 15 points, while Cody Robbins added 12, Nate Halvorsen chipped in 11, Travis Lynn tallied eight, and Darick Bowen notched six for Brimley, which finished with a 21-3 on the season.

Brimley senior Nate Halvorsen drives the baseline for another bucketBrimley senior Nate Halvorsen drives the baseline for another bucket Matt Ponik scored 19 points and Aaron Hincka charted 18 to lead Posen, which stands 24-0 heading into the final week of high school basketball in Michigan, that includes the Nimrods of Watersmeet in the quarterfinals at Sault Ste. Marie.

Brimley never led in this regional contest, as Posen held a 5-0 advantage before the Bays cut the margin to 7-6 with a 6-2 edge.

Posen closed out the first eight minutes with a 6-0 run and started the second quarter with an 8-0 surge, to extend the lead to 21-6 at the 4:19 mark.

Brimley still trailed 25-11 with 2:18 remaining in the first half before Halvorsen scored five points and Winkler chipped in two to send the Bays into halftime trailing 25-18.

"We felt good about the run to close out the first half," added Robbins. "We were back in the ball game."

Brimley, with new life after the 7-0 run to end the half, opened the second half with a 7-1 mark and sliced the Vikings’ lead to 26-25 with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

Halvorsen and Lynn scored for the Bays, while Posen tallied five points for a 31-29 lead at 3:17, but the Vikings closed out the third quarter by outscoring the Bays 11-4, for a 42-33 lead that would be the key run in the regional championship game.

Brimley didn't quit, and made one last run after trailing 49-35, as Robbins drained two triples and Halvorsen made two free throws to cut the Vikings’ lead to 51-43 with 4:08 left on the clock. Posen closed out the game with a 15-9 margin down to clinch the title.

Brimley made 19 field goals, two treys, and 12 of 22 from the free throw line, while Posen made 27 field goals, three triples, and nine of 16 from the charity stripe.

Bays Down Cougars

Brimley opened up Class D regional play with a 68-61 win over Superior Central Wednesday, March 9, at Newberry High School.

The match-up between the Bays of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Cougars of the Central Upper Peninsula Conference came down to the second half, as Brimley outscored Superior Central 36-28, turning the one-point deficit into a seven-point win. The CUP includes Bark River-Harris, North Central, Mid Peninsula, Big Bay de Noc, Carney-Nadeau, Rapid River, and the Cougars.

The free throw line played a factor in the Bays’ win, with a 17-7 advantage, while the Cougars outscored Brimley 54-51 from the field.

Travis Lynn led the Bays’ offense with 22 points, Nathan Halvorsen and Darick Bowen added 13 points, Cody Robbins chipped in 10, all in the second half, Kellen Perron and Josh Winkler both notched four, and Jeff Graham tallied two.

Ben Waring was a one-player wrecking crew with 37 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, for Superior Central.

Brimley held a 16-13 scoring edge after the first eight minutes before the Cougars took a 33-32 lead into halftime, with a 20-16 margin in the second quarter.

The Bays turned the tempo up a notch at both ends of the court in the third quarter to lift Brimley to a 20-10 advantage for a 52-43 advantage.

Superior Central opened up the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run to slice the Bays’ lead to 54-53 with 4:15 remaining in the game before Brimley settled down and took control by outscoring the Cougars 14-8 down the stretch to ice the win.

Bays Enjoy Success

During Campaign

The Bays, 21-3 overall on the season, began the year with a seven-game winning streak that included wins over Sault High, DeTour, St. Basil, Rudyard, Cedarville, Alanson, and Big Bay de Noc.

Brimley went 2-3 during the next five games, defeating Engadine and Sault High, but falling to Rudyard, Pickford, and Cedarville, for a 9-3 overall mark.

The Bays closed out the season with eight consecutive victories over DeTour, NMCA, Pickford, Gaylord St. Mary, Boyne Falls, Engadine, St. Basil, and Big Bay de Noc.

Coach Reg Robbins and his cagers defeated Paradise and Mackinac Island to set up a rematch with Cedarville for the district championships. The Bays and Trojans split during the regular season, with Cedarville winning the EUPC title, but Brimley took home the district hardware for the rights to play in the regionals at Newberry.

"We were disappointed in the way the season ended," said Coach Robbins. "We have a strong group of players returning for next season."

The Bays will graduate Josh Winkler, Nathan Halvorsen, Jake Parish, Ryan Wilson, and Josh Burch, but return Travis Lynn, Cody Robbins, Kellen Perron, Derek Parish, Ryan Holdsworth, Jeff Graham, Mike DuBois, Brad Cameron, Darick Bowen, and Larry Livermore.

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