December 12, 2007 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity boys' basketball squad saw to it that it would start the 2007-08 campaign on a high note, earning a 61-49 road win at North Branch's expense in a non-league meeting on Tuesday, December 4.
In the opener, Imlay City grabbed a 16-13 edge after one quarter was history.
Imlay City followed it up with an 18-12 second quarter advantage, good for a 34-25 lead at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Imlay City established even more breathing room.
Aided by a 16-11 third quarter edge, Imlay City took a 50-36 advantage at the 24-minute mark.
North Branch then outscored Imlay City by a 13-11 count the rest of the way, only to fall by a 61-49 verdict when the final buzzer sounded.
Mason Duke paced Imlay City with a 10-point effort. The Spartans also received points courtesy of Chris Coleman (nine), Chris Walters, Darren Saunders and Ben Deppong (eight each), Adam Van Dyk (six, featuring a trey), John Aversano (five), Eric Ebert (four) and Chase Dockham (a triple).
Luc Bonner proved North Branch's toughest player to stop. Bonner managed 15 points, including a trifecta.
Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.