COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in boys basketball, it was a night for county rivals to face off with a pair of matchups and we start with a game we had on the radio as Coldwater was able to pull out just its second win of the season with a 62-59 victory at home over Quincy. The visiting Orioles had an 8-point lead in the first quarter but the host Cardinals cut the deficit to three at the break as the half ended with Quincy on top 31-28. The Orioles still were ahead 42-41 heading into the fourth quarter when Coldwater was able to make enough clutch shots and free throws to improve their record to 2-9 while Quincy slipped to 9-3.
Each team had 3 players score in double figures. Ryan Mock had a game-high 14 points for Coldwater with 13 for Michael Magocs and 11 for Logan Targgart. Magocs was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for the Cardinals, hitting two triples in the fourth quarter and he also dished out 6 assists on the night. For Quincy, the Player of the Game honors went to Jake Rider, who finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Nick Haberl added 12 points for the Orioles while Mike Foehr had 11. The tight game featured 8 lead changes and nine ties. Coldwater gets right back to it tonight with a non-conference road game, weather permitting, at Galesburg-Augusta, and we’ll be there to bring you all the action on the radio and stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com with the broadcast beginning at seven o’clock. Quincy’s next game is tomorrow night at Centreville.
In last night’s reserve games in Coldwater, the j-v Cardinals held off a fourth quarter Quincy rally and nipped the Orioles 52-51. Collin Warner had 25 points for Coldwater while for the Orioles, Nathan Karney had 24 and Quinn Eifrid 10. And the Coldwater freshman made it a three win Monday for the Cardinals as they beat visiting Pennfield 51-33 with 9 points apiece for Zack Murphy and Eric Roberts.
In last night’s other Branch County matchup, Union City was a winner at home over Bronson 65-48. Jalen Boes had a game-high 16 points in the Charger’s victory, Cody Cable had 13 and Darren Austin 11. The Vikings, still winless on the season, got 13 points from Chase Carpenter. Union City’s record is now 6-6. In the j-v game, Bronson beat Union City 42-30. Luis DePaz had 11 points for the Vikings.
On tonight’s high school schedule, besides the Coldwater boy’s game at Galesburg-Augusta, there’s girls hoops with the Coldwater girls at home against Galesburg with the j-v game at 5:30 with the varsity to follow at around seven o’clock. Also, it’s Union City at Quincy and Bronson plays at Sturgis. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy boys basketball coach Scott Rodesiler.
In middle school sports, in girl’s basketball, Coldwater dropped 3 of their 4 games against Battle Creek Lakeview with the lone win posted by the seventh grade “A” team 37-32 at home over the Spartans with 17 points for Malorie Rzepka. Coldwater lost the “B” game 10-9. In the eighth grade action at Lakeview, the Spartans won the “A” game 34-30. Avery Milnes and Jasmine Wellet had 9 points apiece for Coldwater. Lakeview took the “B” game 26-4.
Also last night, Bronson won a pair of games at White Pigeon. The Lady Vikings beat the Chiefs 8th grade team 45-5 with 12 points for Kiana Mayer. Bronson took the 7th grade contest 39-6 with 11 points for Maddy Thompson.