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Armada outlasts Imlay City, 85-80


Spartans put scare into BWAC co-leaders, Aaron Thompson scores 32 for Imlay City


February 17, 2010
IMLAY CITY — Armada withstood a 44-34 second half rally to pull out an 85-80 victory over host Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball battle last Friday night.

With the decision, Armada goes to 13-1 and 8-1. Imlay City drops to 2-12 and 1-8.

In Friday's battle, Armada jumped out to a 29-11 advantage after one quarter was history.

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Aaron Thompson, of Imlay City, drives to the basket during Friday’s BWAC battle with Armada. photo by Kevin Kissane.

The next eight-minute stretch would see both sides compete on more even terms.

It was there Imlay City amassed 25 points, while allowing Armada 22.

That made it 51-36, Armada, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Imlay City came out strong.

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Aided by an 11-0 run encompassing a 1:59 span, Imlay City closed the gap to 51-47 with 6:01 showing on the third quarter clock.

The next six minutes-plus would see Armada collect 17 points and Imlay City generate 15.

That staked Armada to a 68-62 lead at the 24-minute mark.

Imlay City then outscored Armada 18-17 the rest of the way, only to drop an 85-80 outcome when the final buzzer sounded.

Jake Moegle (31 points, including five trifectas) and Tyler Kinch (24, featuring a trey) proved Armada's toughest players to contain. Clint Hyatt (10) hit for double figures as well.

Aaron Thompson paced Imlay City with 32 points. The remaining Spartan points went to Eric Harbin (17, with four triples), Ben Rodak (eight), PJ Crow, Matt Van Dyk and Adam Rauckis (six each), Jorge Valdovinos (four) and John Loveless (one).

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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