Big-time performances in men’s hoops action


There were a couple of memorable individual performances resulting in some season-high point totals in Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.
The first game of the night featured the Muskies taking on the Revco Renegades.
Having only four players available to play, and having played a NorWOSSA league game that afternoon against the Dryden Eagles, the offer was made to the Muskies (2-3) to pick up another player and still have the game count.
They refused as they were confident in their abilities to at least make a game of it against Revco (2-3).
Down only 32-29 at halftime, the black-and-gold battled hard in the second half and eventually got the lead on the back of Michael Vanderaa’s unbelievable record-breaking eight three-pointers.
Brad Wardas hit a long “three” with nine seconds left to bring Revco to within a basket, but that was as close as they got in suffering a 55-53 loss.
Vanderaa finished with a season-high 26 points to lead the Muskies.
Payne Hunter netted 11 points while league co-ordinator Conrad Dueck added 10 for Revco.
The second game of the night saw the unbeaten RBC Lions squaring off against Sunset Landscaping.
Coming into the game with an unblemished 4-0 record, RBC had yet to see a big game from Sam Soderman and was relying more on a the new, talented three-point shooters that had joined the team.
But facing the always dangerous Josh Mastin, Soderman produced his best game of the season in pouring in 33 points to lead RBC (5-0) to a 65-54 win.
Many of Soderman’s buckets come from put-backs and tap-ins on missed shots.
Mastin had a season-high 29 points for Sunset (2-2-1), bringing his team to within six at one point but turnovers hurt their comeback attempt.
Dustin Mowe also had a good game inside for Sunset, netting 11 points.
The final game of the night saw Arctic Cat battling the winless BDO Ballerz.
After starting off their season with consecutive loses, Arctic Cat (3-2) clearly had found their team chemistry and identity as they rolled to a convincing 65-41 victory over BDO and extended their win streak to three-straight games.
The game started close, with Arctic Cat only having a slim 12-11 lead at one point before pushing it to 36-23 at the break.
The second half started off really slow, with the first basket coming at 17:20 on a three-pointer–one of six that Arctic Cat shot in the half.
Justin Anderson led Arctic Cat with 20 points while John Bartkowski and Jake McIntosh each tallied 12.
Chris Wall and Jordan Lav had 10 points apiece for the Ballerz (0-4-1).
Next Tuesday’s games will see the Muskies taking on the Lions at 6:40 p.m. while the Renegades tangle with the Ballerz at 7:30.
Sunset then will square off against Arctic Cat in the late game at 8:30 p.m.
These also will be the last slate of games before the league takes a three-week break for the holidays.