Boys Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
ALPENA, MI - The Alpena Boys Basketball team used a fourth-quarter offensive push to blow open a close game for a 70-55 Big North Conference victory over Gaylord on Thursday night. In a fast paced game, both teams scored at ease in the opening quarter as the Blue Devils took the 17-15 lead. Alpena and Gaylord combined to hit 10 three-point shots in the first half as Jared Landrie torched the Wildcat defense for 13 points. Chris DeRocher (11 points) and Bruz Copping (10 points) hit several key shots to give Alpena a 35-32 lead at the Half. Both teams made defensive adjustments during the halftime break as the Blue Devils outscored the Wildcats 10-9 in the quarter. Alpena began to pull away early in the 4th quarter as Copping hit two free throws and DeRocher hit a three-point shot to give the Wildcats a 49-42 lead just 90-seconds into the Fourth. After a Kyler Mckenzie three-point shot to cut the lead to 49-45, the Wildcats pulled away thanks to four three-pointers of their own in the Fourth Quarter. Copping led the Wildcats with 28 points, while DeRocher chipped in with 26 points. Alpena (11-2, 4-2 BNC) will travel to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday to play Dearborn Crestwood at 11am.