COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, last night in a Big Eight boys basketball county matchup, Quincy was a winner at Union City 56-39. The first quarter ended with Quincy ahead 10-9 and then the visiting Orioles made their move, pulling out to a 28-19 lead at the break and they expanded their advantage to 45-28 after three quarters before both teams scored 11 points in the final period. Jake Rider had a game-high 15 points for Quincy while Chase Cook and Jimmy King had ten points apiece. Cody Cable had 14 points in the defeat for the Chargers. The Orioles improved to 3-and-1 overall and 2-0 in league play while Union City slips to 0-and-3 including 0-and-2 in the conference. The Chargers play tomorrow night at Tekonsha while Quincy is off until after the holidays with their next game on January Sixth at Napoleon.
Tonight in varsity boys and girls basketball, it’s SMAC East action at home for Coldwater with the Cardinals hosting Gull Lake. The girls tip-off at 5:45 with the boys scheduled to start at 7:15 and we’ll have both games on the radio with our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 5:30. We’ll also be streaming the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Also tonight, in girls hoops only, it’s Quincy at Union City while Tekonsha hosts Waldron.
Last night’s reserve basketball action included the Coldwater boys teams sweeping their games at Gull Lake while in the girls contests, Gull Lake won a pair at Coldwater. In the boys play, in the j-v game, Coldwater doubled up Gull Lake 44-22 with 22 points for Nate Waterbury. The Cardinals won the freshman game 38-36 with 12 points for Vinnie Barone. In the girls games, Coldwater dropped the j-v contest 47-35 with 13 points for Megan Hoath. The Gull Lake freshmen won 44-34. Allison Butler had 11 points for Coldwater while Jena Beckhusen had a team-high 7 rebounds.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater varsity boys basketball coach Brien Kelly.
In middle school sports, in boys basketball, the season wrapped up yesterday for Coldwater with third round tournament action with 4 victories and a third place finish for each of the teams. In the “A” team event at Battle Creek Lakeview on Thursday, in the eighth grade game, Coldwater beat Gull Lake 36-31 with 19 points for Brady Beckhusen. Coldwater won the seventh grade game 27-20 with 9 points for Ryan Murphy while Gage McGuire had a team-high ten rebounds. In the “B” tournament at Harper Creek, Coldwater won the 8th grade game 32-30 with 14 points for Adam Bailey and seven rebounds for Ethan Wiley. The Cardinals took the seventh grade game 26-25 with 10 points for Kaleb Fox and 19 rebounds for Tyler Scherer.