Imlay City falls 58-53 to Notre Dame Prep
Season over for Spartans with loss in district semis
March 18, 2009IMLAY CITY — Notre Dame Prep built a 44-35 cushion after three quarters were complete, saw that cushion cut to 52-51 with 1:51 remaining and wound up settling for a 58-53 win against Imlay City in a Class B district boys' basketball semifinal confrontation last Wednesday at Almont High School.
With the outcome, Notre Dame Prep (8-14) gains admittance to a Friday, March 13 district championship game where it will square off versus Armada. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time. Imlay City finishes at 14-7.
In Wednesday's confrontation, Notre Dame Prep bolted out to a 9-0 advantage with 3:11 elapsed.
Notre Dame Prep followed it up with a 7-3 run over the next 4:49.
|Alex Maldonado, of Imlay City, goes up for a layup in district action.|
That staked Notre Dame Prep to a 16-3 cushion with one quarter into the record books.
Quarter number two saw Imlay City bounce back.
It was there Imlay City generated 19 points, while holding Notre Dame Prep to 14.
That left Notre Dame Prep holding a 30-22 advantage at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Notre Dame Prep padded its cushion some.
Aided by a 14-13 third quarter edge, Notre Dame Prep raised its lead to 44-35 at the 24-minute mark.
It looked as though Notre Dame Prep would coast to a victory. Or so it must have seemed anyway.
Instead, Imlay City responded to the challenge presented them with a 16-8 run encompassing a 6:01 span.
When Aaron Thompson finished off his three-point play 1:59 from the finish, capping off the aforementioned flurry, Imlay City had closed its deficit to just 52-51.
However, that would prove as close as Imlay City got.
Notre Dame Prep then outscored Imlay City 6-2 the rest of the way, closing out a 58-53 win at their expense.
Mikal Spann led Notre Dame Prep with 16 points. Brad Waelke (12 points) hit for double figures as well.
Alex Maldonado paced Imlay City. He finished with 14 points, including a pair of trifectas. The remaining Spartan points went to Eric Harbin (nine, featuring a trey), Brad Kramek (eight, with a pair of triples), Adam Van Dyk (seven, including a trifecta) and Thompson (seven), Steve Lesniak (five, featuring a trey) and Darren Saunders (three).