QUINCY, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in Big Eight Conference boy’s basketball, close wins for both Quincy and Union City in their league openers. It was a road victory for Quincy as they held on to beat Reading 48-to-45 for the Orioles first win of the season. Quincy was ahead 27-to-16 at the half and 36-to-26 at the end of the third quarter before the Rangers comeback fell three points short. Collin Palmer had 11 points with 9 points apiece for Ashton Diotte and Michael Tesch while Tesch added 10 rebounds for Quincy, which improved to 1-and-3.
Union City went into overtime at home to defeat Concord 61-to-54. The Charger’s victory featured senior center Emmet Fraley’s first career triple double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 13 blocks. The contest was tied at 51-all at the end of regulation play and then Fraley had 7 points in the extra period including 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
For the game, Union City was 19-for-22 at the charity stripe. Brady Johnson added 12 points for the Chargers, who improved their record to 2-and-1.
There was plenty of reserve hoops action last night. On the boy’s side, Coldwater earned a split at home against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. The host Cardinals nipped the Knights in the j-v contest 55-to-54 with 13 points for Blaze Watson and 10 for Zach DeMeester. Loy Norrix won the freshman game 30-to-22. Brendan Spangler had 7 points for Coldwater. And the Union City j-v team lost at home to Concord 50-to-41 with 10 points for Jalen Boes.
In girl’s reserve games last night, Coldwater swept their contests at Loy Norrix. The Lady Cardinals took the j-v game 43-to-36. Kendall Galloway had 13 points and 8 steals while Morgan Howard added 12 points.
And the Coldwater freshmen beat the Knights in overtime 37-to-34 with 12 points for Payton Watson. And the Bronson Lady Viking’s j-v team lost 40-to-31 at Mendon with 11 points for Alexa Ratkowski and 14 rebounds for Makayla Sikorski.
Tonight’s high school schedule includes Coldwater boys and girls varsity basketball with the Cardinals on the road against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
The girl’s game tips off at 5:45 with the boy’s action scheduled for 7:15. We’ll have the boy’s contest on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 7 o’clock with the audio play-by-play also streaming -line at wtvbam.com.
Also tonight in varsity boys and girls hoops, Bronson plays at home against Mendon while in girl’s action only, Quincy hosts Reading and Union City is at Concord.
Meanwhile, Tekonsha has boys and girls games at Burr Oak.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Coldwater boy’s basketball coach Brien Kelly.
And finally, congratulations to this year’s Quincy high school football team being recognized for the 15th time in the last 16 years as an Academic All-State team with a GPA of 3.367. Quincy was one of 15 Division Six teams in the state earning the honor with senior inside linebacker Levi Drumm being named to the Academic All-State second team.