Plenty of great men’s hoops action


The second week of Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League action featured plenty of great matchups on Thursday night at Fort High.
In the early game, the BDO Ballerz squared off against the Muskies.
This contest was tight from beginning to end, with BDO (2-0) relying on the post-up game of Jordan Lavallee for scoring. Lavallee finished the game with 24 points and scored several fadeaway spin moves, reminiscent of the original Jordan in the 80’s.
The Muskies (1-1) took advantage of turnovers for quick scores and Mike Vanderaa kept the game close with 21 points until the last few minutes of the game, where the Muskies were forced to foul BDO to put them on the line and in the bonus.
Rob McGinnis and Lavallee both hit their free throws down the stretch and BDO took this game by a 56-50 count.
Next up was the RBC Lions tangling with Arctic Cat. One of last year’s top scorers, Sam Soderman, returned and got off to a shaky start in the first half, going cold from the field on his first few shot attempts.
Brady Jensen also made his debut this season and showed some off-season rust in the first half and the Lions (0-2) found themselves down 32-19.
Arctic Cat, meanwhile, had Monte Gubbels hitting 4 of 4 field goals in the first half and had another very balanced scoring efforts from the rest of the team.
In the second half, Soderman remembered that he is one of the better players out there in the league, and scored 15 points in the half, finishing with a team-high 24.
RBC fought back hard with some good defensive play, and despite a last-second buzzer-beating three-pointer by Soderman, came up just short in a 56-55 victory for Arctic Cat (2-0).
Both Gubbels and Justin Anderson finished with 14 points for Arctic Cat, which is looking like a very difficult team to beat this year.
The last game of the night had the defending champs from last year, the Revco Renegades, taking on Sunset Landscaping.
John Sivonen, a straight-up gangster three-point assassin, came out gunning in the first half for Revco (1-1) by dropping 19 points with five threes, while Steve Windels showed off his newfound long range, chipping in with nine points from beyond the arc as well.
Kade Oster, a newcomer from Grade 9, showed he’s not afraid to play with the big kids and torched his defender in the first half for nine points off 3 of 3 shooting from long distance.
Sunset (0-2) kept it close at 42-36 at halftime due to Mark Heyens off the boards with 13 points, and Dustin Mowe picking up eight from around the rim.
Neither team held an advantage in the second half. Despite getting 20 points from Heyens and 15 from Devon George, Sunset failed to lessen the lead, or foul early enough to stop the clock down the stretch. This contest finished with a 65-59 victory for Revco.
Action will resume this Thursday, with the Muskies taking on Arctic Cat in the early game at 6:40 p.m.
BDO tangles with Sunset at 7:30 p.m. while Revco will close the night out at 8:30 against RBC.