February 6, 2016

Injured SSC pulls out win over Alcona

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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STANDISH — Standish-Sterling's boys’ basketball team continues to struggle with injuries, but on Wednesday at least was still able to pull out a 44-36 victory over visiting Alcona.

With Mitchell McFarland the latest to go down with an injury, the severity of which is still undetermined, the Panthers at least were able to welcome Ryan Pickvet back from his own injury. Pickvet got spot duty in his first game of the season.

Meanwhile, the Panthers' strength in the front court pushed them to Wednesday's win over the Tigers as sophomores Cole Walderzak (17 points) and Trevor Karbowski (12 points) combined for two thirds of the SSC scoring.

"With all of our injuries, sometimes it's tough to watch," said SSC coach Tom Murray. "It was kind of a blasé game, but we'll take it and move on."

The Panthers led 17-7 after the first quarter, with Walderzak, Karbowski, Adam Gulvas and Mark Lorence splitting the points between them.

Karbowski scored five of the Panthers (7-4) seven points in the second quarter, Walderzak tallied seven of SSC's eight in the third period and Lorence hit 4-of-5 free throws in the fourth to preserve the lead.

Reid Wilson led Alcona (3-9) with nine points, with Matt Gonyea and Mike Kilbourn adding eight apiece.

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