SSC finally healthy; making a strong run towards districts
STANDISH — Standish-Sterling's fortunes continued their upswing Tuesday as the Panthers avenged a 21-point loss to Gladwin with a 62-57 victory that they hope portend a successful district tournament run next week.
"We feel pretty good about the win," said SSC coach Tom Murray. "Gladwin is a very good team. We played well down the stretch."
SSC went to Cole Walderzak early to build their lead and Austin Collier late to hold on, and Kevin Reeves had three big 3-pointers to help keep the Panthers in front.
Walderzak scored 10 points in the first quarter, though Gladwin ended the frame up 12-10. SSC took a 34-22 halftime lead as the Panthers got 3-pointers from Collier, Reeves, Trevor Karbowski and Garrett Russell in the quarter.
Collier scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including 4-of-6 at the free throw line even though as a team the Panthers were just 6-of-13 at the line down the stretch.
Collier led SSC (11-7) with 15 points; Walderzak added 14 and Reeves added 10.
"We'll likely play them again in a week (at the district tournament)," Murray said. "Hopefully this win will propel us into playing well in the tournament."
Chris Smalley scored 17 and Kegan Smith had 12 for the Flying G's.