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North Branch edges Capac, 48-46


Chiefs are runners-up in Harry Moore finals


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The Capac bench reacts to a three-point play during the closing minute of the Harry C. Moore Classic Basketball Tournament. Capac took a 46-45 lead at the time. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 06, 2010
CAPAC — Capac fell two points short when the final scores were added up, dropping a 48-46 outcome to North Branch in the championship clash of the Harry C. Moore Classic Boys' Varsity Basketball Tournament it hosted last Wednesday night.

With the result, Capac drops to 3-1 this season.

"We didn't play that well tonight," Capac Coach Bob Shoemaker said. "Still, we had a chance to win it down the stretch," he noted.

"We were in man to man defense and their player went in and got a basket during the final seconds. That's life. Hopefully, we will learn from that and play better the next time out."

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In Wednesday's battle, Capac grabbed an 11-9 edge after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two would see North Branch bounce back.

It was there North Branch deposited 13 points through the twines, while allowing Capac 11.

That made it a 22-22 ballgame at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Capac went back out on top.

Aided by a 12-10 third quarter edge, Capac took a 34-32 lead at the 24-minute mark.

The fourth and final quarter would feature several lead changes.

That stretch of basketball had both sides' rooting sections on the edge of their bleacher seats from start to finish.

With time running out, Matt Burgess gave the Capac followers reason to stand up and cheer when he delivered a pinpoint pass to Josh Messner that led to a converted layup.

Messner also was fouled on the play. His effort from the foul-line proved true as well, giving Capac a 46-45 edge at the time. There was now 28.7 seconds remaining.

Capac opted not to pressure the subsequent inbounds pass, dropping their defense back.

North Branch pushed the ball up the floor and connected on a two-point field goal attempt by Ryan Kosko with just over 14 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Capac turned over the basketball. They then fouled North Branch with seven seconds to play.

Kosko hit his first free throw attempt, pushing North Branch's lead to 48-46.

North Branch then called a timeout.

When play resumed, Kosko missed his second attempt. North Branch pulled down the rebound and ran out the remaining time, assuring the Broncos of the championship game win.

Kosko and Doug Griffin proved the toughest North Branch players to stop. They hit for 15 and eight points, respectively.

Anthony Closurdo (19 points, including three field goals of the three-point variety) led Capac. Burgess (12, featuring a trey) posted a double figure output as well. The Chiefs also had Messner (eight points, with a triple), Mitchell Parks (six) and Josh Harvey (one) reach the scoring column.

All-Tournament Team - Matt Burgess, Capac; Anthony Closurdo, Capac; Ryan Kosko, North Branch; Kyle Cline, North Branch; Mike Armstrong, Marlette; and Dylan Mason, Brown City.

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.
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