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Imlay City boys notch first BWAC win 55-50


Spartans sneak past Raiders at home, Harbin hits for 15 points in nailbiter



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Eric Harbin, of Imlay City, drives to the basket under pressure from Almont’s Dillon Melly in Friday’s BWAC basketball contest. photo by Kevin Kissane.
February 10, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City pulled out a 55-50 victory over visiting Almont in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball meeting last Friday night.

With the decision, Imlay City goes to 2-11 and 1-7. Almont slips to 5-9 and 2-6.

In Friday's meeting, Almont grabbed a 12-11 edge after one quarter was complete.

The second quarter would prove a closely contested one as well.

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It was there Imlay City netted 13 points, while holding Almont to 12.

That squared the scoreboard count at 24 points per side when halftime rolled around.

Following the break in action, Imlay City struck with a 12-9 third quarter edge.

That staked Imlay City to a 36-33 cushion at the 24-minute mark.

Imlay City then outscored Almont 19-17 during the last eight minutes of play, closing out a 55-50 victory over the rivals.

Eric Harbin (15 points, including one field goal of the three-point variety) topped Imlay City's scoring attack. He was backed by Matt Van Dyk (11 points), Shane Lesniak (nine), Ben Rodak and Aaron Thompson (six each), Jorge Valdovinos (four) along with John Loveless and Adam Rauckus (two apiece).

Ben McNally (16 points, featuring a trey) led Almont. The Raiders also had Brett McDonald (12 points), Aaron May (eight), Dillon Melly (six), Cody Gelinski (five, with a triple) and Mike Grundner (a trey) 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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