February 10, 2016

SSC survives against W-P

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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STANDISH-STERLING Outside shots weren't falling often at Standish-Sterling on Friday.

If anything, that gave the Panthers an edge during their 43-32 NEMC victory over Whittemore-Prescott. With a big size advantage in the paint, SSC's frontcourt accounted for all but 10 of the Panthers points as they gradually pulled away in the second half.

"Again, it was defensive game," said SSC coach Tom Murray, whose team has been riddled with injuries at the guard positions all season. "Outside shots didn't fall for either team very well.

"We're just plugging along."

Leading 18-15 at the half, the Panthers went to center Cole Walderzak in the third quarter, and he responded with eight of his 16 points as SSC doubled its lead.

Mark Lorence scored all of his five points in the fourth quarter -- making all but one free throw -- to help the Panthers hold on.

SSC (8-4, 3-3 NEMC) also got 10 points from Adam Gulvas, while Ryan Pickvet added six points in his second game back after missing the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Chris Downes led W-P (2-11, 0-5) with eight points, with Tristan Kohlhoff and Billy Raushi adding seven apiece.

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