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Opening half carries Almont by Imlay City


Raiders breeze to a BWAC win over Spartans


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Aaron May, of Almont, is pressured by Imlay City’s Chaz Hill during last Friday’s BWAC battle. Almont’s Dillon Melly plus Imlay City’s Aaron Thompson and Drew Schultz watch the action unfold. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 13, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Almont used a 29-13 opening half advantage and a 34-31 second half edge to come out on top of a 63-44 victory over visiting Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball matchup last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont raises its mark to 3-4 and 1-1. Imlay City drops to 0-5 and 0-2.

In Friday's matchup, Almont took a 13-9 lead after one quarter was history.

Almont followed it up with a 16-4 second quarter advantage.

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That staked Almont to a 29-13 cushion at the halftime break.

When play resumed, Almont widened the gap some.

Aided by a 15-13 third quarter edge, Almont opened up a 44-26 advantage at the 24-minute mark.

Almont then outscored Imlay City 19-18 during the last eight minutes of action, putting the finishing touches on a 63-44 victory.

Ben McNally (17 points, including a pair of trifectas), Aaron May (14) and Cody Gelinski (10, featuring two treys) led Almont with double figure outputs. Their remaining points went to Dillon Melly (seven, with two triples), Brett McDonald (four), Terry Papineau and Mike Grundner (three, including a trifecta, each), Andrew McNally (three) and Brad Showalter (two).

Drew Schultz (13 points, featuring two treys) paced Imlay City that evening. The Spartans also had Aaron Thompson (11 points), P.J. Crow (six), John Loveless (five), Matt Van Dyk (three) along with Jorge Valdovinos, Ben Rodak and Adam Rauckis (two apiece) connect.

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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