When the action resumed, Almont padded its cushion some. Thanks to a 10-6 third quarter advantage, the Raiders went up 28-20 with 24 minutes gone.
It appeared Almont was well on the way to posting an important BWAC victory. Or so they must have thought anyway.
Imlay City made sure the outcome would remain in doubt a bit longer, starting the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run encompassing a 2:04 span. That trimmed their deficit to 30-28 with 5:56 remaining.
To their credit, Almont did not panic. Instead, the Raiders responded to the challenge presented them with an 11-2 run over the next 3:27. It enabled the Raiders to increase their cushion to 41-30 with 2:29 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
Almont then outscored Imlay City 5-4 over the next two minutes-plus, leaving the floor with a 46-34 victory to their credit.
Chase Kapron led Almont with a 10-point performance. The Raiders also had Ethan Hall (nine points), Zach Revoldt (eight), Austin Watt (seven), Drew Revoldt and Eric Conn (five apiece) along with Clay Schapman (two) reach the scoring column.
Noah Galbraith (11) and David Hart (10, featuring a pair of treys) furnished the top Imlay City point outputs. They were backed by Griffin Schirmer (six points), Jordan Lesniak (four), Bruce Bollini (two) and Jose Bartolomei Castro (one each).
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.