Harrison ambushed by Gladwin

March 9, 2018

Ryan Carlstrom flies in for a contested lay-up during Monday’s district loss to Gladwin.

Ryan Carlstrom flies in for a contested lay-up during Monday’s district loss to Gladwin.

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Harrison had a pair of double digit wins over Gladwin during the boys basketball regular season. March Madness turned into a different story however, as the Flying G’s got their revenge over the Hornets, 50-48 in overtime during Monday’s class ‘B’ district quarterfinal game at Ogemaw Heights.

“It’s always tough to see a season come to an end but I am very proud of what this group of young men accomplished this season,” head coach Matt Cooper said. “We dealt with a lot of distractions and to their credit the guys kept busting their butts and winning games. This was the best season we have had at Harrison in 20 years.”
The Hornets entered the game winners of nine of their last 10 games, but entered the post-season without one of

Harrison’s Tomas Teklegergis dribbles by a Gladwin defender. 

Harrison’s Tomas Teklegergis dribbles by a Gladwin defender.

their leading scorers.

Gladwin, losers of four of its last five, showed early on that it was primed to pull off the upset, as it took an 11-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Hornets did get an early 5-4 lead on a Ryan Carlstrom three pointer and led 7-6 on a mid-range jumper by Tomas Teklegergis but Gladwin hit a for a two and a three to close the frame out.

Teklegergis fed Hunter Woolston down low for an easy bucket to keep the Hornets within 20-16, though they fell behind as much as 24-16 before pulling within 25-21 at the half.

The G’s opened the third with a three ball but Teklegergis answered right back with a shot from behind the long line as well, making it 28-24.

Carlstrom followed that with a fastbreak bucket at 28-26 but Gladwin pulled to a 34-29 lead entering the fourth.
To start the fourth, Joel Coughlin netted a lay-up on an entry pass from Mason Clark and a quick four point spurt by Woolston gave Harrison a slim 37-36 lead.

The Flying G’s hit a pair of free throws with less than a minute to go to pull ahead 41-38, though Carlstrom buried a clutch three pointer from the top of the key to knot things up at 41-all to force overtime.

Mason Clark looks to make his next play.  photos by Ben Murphy

Mason Clark looks to make his next play. 
photos by Ben Murphy

Gladwin scored the first five points of the extra session to lead 46-41 and led 50-45 until a last second trey by Keigan Saxton made the final 50-48.

“Give Gladwin credit, they outplayed us and deserved to win the game,” Cooper said. “Having one player not be able to play and another key player basically playing on one leg didn’t allow us to play with the pace we normally do but Gladwin outplayed us the entire game and deserved to move on in the tournament.”

Leading the way for the Hornets was Teklegergis with 13 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals, Carlstrom had 12 points and four rebounds, Woolston added nine points, Coughlin had seven points, nine rebounds and three steals, Saxton had five points and two steals and Clark finished with two points.

On Thursday, March 1 the Hornets wrapped up the regular season with a 52-42 Jack Pine Conference home win over Beaverton.

Harrison was behind 15-11 after the first quarter and 27-21 at the half but had 21-13 and 10-2 scoring edges in the third and fourth quarters to come back for the win.

Leading the way in the victor was Teklegergis with 16 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists, Coughlin had 15 points and four rebounds, Deontae Balderas had 14 points and three rebounds and Woolston had five points and eight boards.

Harrison finishes the season 16-5 overall and took third in the JPC with a 10-4 league mark.

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