Tense games a theme in men’s hoops action


Games in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League continued the early trend of being low-scoring on Tuesday night at Fort High.
The first game of the night featured the Muskies battling the BDO Ballerz, which was an exciting match between what seemed to be two evenly-matched teams.
League newcomer Justin Booth showed some very impressive shooting skills for a youthful 46-year-old, scoring 10 first-half points to help BDO (0-2) to be down only 23-20 at halftime.
However, the wheels fell off the BDO offensive train in the second half and they literally couldn’t buy a basket, managing only two free throws over the final 20 minutes.
Nothing dropped, shots were short or off, and while they worked the ball around–it was to no avail.
The Muskies (1-1), meanwhile, got their long-range shooting working in the second half, putting up four “treys” and ending the night with a convincing 55-22 win.
All the Muskies got on the scoresheet, with Kobi Ward leading the way with 21 points.
The second game saw the RBC Lions squaring off against Arctic Cat.
Once again, Arctic Cat (0-2) had 10 guys and while they had all the subs needed to keep the game running, their shooting just couldn’t match that of RBC and they were beaten 69-44.
RBC (2-0) spread the offence around well, with Theron George and Brady Jensen each putting up 19 points, including three three-pointers apiece.
Justin Anderson led Arctic Cat with 18 points.
The final game of the night had the Revco Renegades tangling with Sunset Landscaping.
This was a game that had numerous lead changes, fouls, “threes,” hard drives to the hoop, guys diving for balls, questionable calls, and some technical fouls.
Knotted at 11-11 seven minutes into the game, Sunset managed to pull out a 27-22 lead at halftime–even though Revco (2-0) was in the lead for most of the first 20 minutes.
The second half saw things get even tighter as both teams fought hard to gain, regain, or maintain their lead.
Things went down to the last 30 seconds, where tempers flared and technicals were called.
Combined with a foul called, Revco scored their last three points from the free-throw line to eke out a 48-46 win.
Father-and-son duo TJ and Dominic States led Revco with a combined 23 points.
Mark Heyens and Cody Johnson each had 11 for Sunset (1-1).