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Armada staves off Capac rally, prevailing 58-56



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February 10, 2010
CAPAC — Armada took a commanding 48-34 lead into the final quarter of play and held on for a 58-56 win against visiting Capac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball battle on Tuesday, February 2.

With the result, Armada goes to 11-1 and 6-1. Capac slips to 8-3 and 5-2.

In Tuesday's battle, Armada grabbed a 13-7 edge after one quarter was complete.

The next eight-minute stretch saw Armada generate nine points and Capac manage eight.

That left Armada holding a 22-15 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Armada established some much-needed breathing room.

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Josh Messner, of Capac, drives to the basket during a Blue Water Area Conference basketball showdown with Armada this past week. Armada held off Capac, 58-56. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Aided by a 26-19 third quarter advantage, Armada took a 48-34 lead at the 24-minute mark.

It appeared as if Armada would coast to a victory. However, Capac had other ideas.

Capac responded to the formidable challenge presented them with a 22-10 run. When Matt Burgess converted an offensive rebound with 11 seconds remaining, capping off the aforementioned flurry, his team's once-imposing deficit had been whittled to 58-56.

Just 2.4 ticks later, Capac was whistled for a foul.

Armada's Tyler Kinch stepped to the foul-line, hoping to connect on both free throw attempts and add to his team's narrow lead.

His first effort hit the rim and fell out as did the second. Capac secured the rebound and pushed the ball up the floor quickly with hopes of acquiring the equalizer.

However, Capac never did get a shot off. Instead they committed a turnover with 2.8 seconds to play.

Following a timeout, Capac pressured the inbounds pass.

It was there Armada succeeded getting the ball into play, closing out a hard fought victory.

Clint Hyatt led Armada with 18 points. Kinch (16 points, including a pair of trifectas) and Jake Moegle (14) made their presence felt as well.

Matt Burgess paced Capac with 25 points. Anthony Closurdo (nine points, including a pair of trifectas), Tanner Turnbull (six, featuring a pair of treys), Mitchell Parks (six), Josh Harvey (four), Josh Messner (a triple), Sean O'Brien (two) and Mike Burgess (one) supported his performance.

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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