2006-02-23 / Sports

Cedarville, Brimley Share EUPC Hoops Title With 7-1 Records

By David Latva

Jordan Duncan Cedarville Jordan Duncan Cedarville Cedarville and Brimley will share the 2005-06 Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference (EUPC) championship after the Trojans defeated Pickford Tuesday, February 14, and the Bays downed Engadine Friday, February 17.

The Trojans and Bays are on a collision course, as the pair will battle in the opening round of the Class D district tournaments Monday, March 6, at the John Duncan Gymnasium in Cedarville.

Trojans Clinch on the Road

Cedarville reached one of the team goals (to win the league crown), but will have to share the EUPC championship with Brimley after a 60-51 win over Pickford.

"This was one of our team goals back in November," said Trojans Coach Dave Duncan. "I was pleased with our effort, especially on the road."

Balanced scoring was again the key for the Trojans, as Jordan Duncan scored 19 points with three steals, Justin Baker and Jason Duncan added 12, Jordan Sweeney chipped in nine points, seven steals, and four assists, and Cory Wellnitz notched eight.

Matt Romatz scored 26 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers, while Kip Cline added eight points and five boards, Pat Savoie chipped in eight points and three rebounds, Jon Clegg notched six points and 10 boards, Jon Snider tallied two points, and Richie Boal charted one point, six rebounds, and three assists.

Kip Cline Pickford Kip Cline Pickford "I was also pleased with our effort at the defensive end," said the Trojans coach. "You are not going to stop Matt Romatz, he is an excellent player. I felt we did a good job on the rest of the team."

Cedarville, 7-1 in the EUPC and 14-2 overall, led 17-13 after the first eight minutes before the Panthers cut the halftime score to 32-29 with a 16-15 scoring edge in the second quarter.

Romatz scored 14 points in the first two quarters for Pickford, while Jason Duncan, Wellnitz, and Baker notched eight each for Cedarville.

During the low-scoring third quarter, Cedarville reached out for a 12-9 advantage to carry a 44-38 lead into the final period.

Free throws played a key role in the game as the Trojans connected on 21 of 32 and the Panthers made nine of 11, but in the fourth quarter Cedarville hit 11 of 18 from the charity stripe and held a 16-13 margin to seal at least a share of the league title.

Cody Robbins Brimley Cody Robbins Brimley In the final eight minutes, Sweeney made all four of his free throws, Jordan Duncan three for four, Baker three for six, and Jason Duncan one for two.

Bays Clinch at Home

Brimley needed to win at home to clinch a share of the Easter Upper Peninsula Conference (EUPC) crown and the Bays responded with a 67-60 decision over Engadine.

Travis Lynn scored 20 points, Cody Robbins added 16, and Brad Cameron chipped in 11 to lead the Bays offense, while Preston Parish notched six, Jeff Graham and Derek Parish tallied three, and Mike Dubois, Kellen Perron, Michael Graham, and Seth Schofield charted two points apiece.

This is the first league title for Coach Reg Robbins in his four years with the Bays varsity program. Brimley celebrated homecoming and seniors Katey Kingsbury and Jeff Graham were crowned queen and king.

In conjunction with homecoming, it was senior night, as seven Bays were honored including Travis Lynn, Cody Robbins, Brad Cameron, Mike Dubois, Jeff Graham, Derek Parish, and Kellen Perron.

"Our goal was to win the league crown," said Coach Robbins. "We played steadily and took advantage of the s e c o n d s h o t opportunities in the first half to build the 11point lead and extended the margin to 20."

Todd Midgyett Engadine Todd Midgyett Engadine Scott Butkovich scored 15 points and David Derusha added 11 points for the Eagles, while Stefen Albright and Todd Midgyett chipped in seven each, Jacob Swider notched six, Kris Kerbersky and Doug Fulton both tallied four, and Grayson Hood charted three.

The first half made the difference for Brimley as the Bays used secondchance points to lead 16-12 after the first eight minutes and outscored the Eagles 21-14 in the second quarter for a 37-26-halftime lead.

Brimley, 7-1 in the EUPC and 12-5 overall, held a 16-13 scoring edge in the third quarter to run the lead to 53-39, before Engadine cut the final score to seven points with a 21-14 advantage in the final period.

"We never quit and I was pleased with our comeback in the fourth quarter," said Eagles Coach Elmer Albright, whose team fell to 1-5 in the league and 5-10 on the season.

Trojans JV Improve to 14-2

Cedarville junior varsity defeated Pickford 86-60 to improve the record to 14-2 on the season.

C.J. Paquin scored 26 points, Kevin Thompson added 17, Sheldon Tassier chipped in 12, and Taylor Smith notched 12 for the Trojans.

Jamie Nettleton scored 18 points, Kyle Barry tallied 14, and Mickael Cantin charted 12 for the Panthers.

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