THREE RIVERS, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the second season in boys basketball tipped off last night with MHSAA District Tournament play and in a game we had on the radio, March Magic ended quickly for the Coldwater Cardinals who lost 63-46 to Edwardsburg at the Three Rivers Class B District. The Cardinals trailed the Eddies 28-22 at halftime and then Edwardsburg started to pull away, taking a 44-31 lead into the fourth quarter when Coldwater scored its most points of any period with 15 but they also allowed the opposition their highest point total of the night with 19 fourth quarter points. The Cardinals had 17 turnovers which Edwardsburg turned into 21 points while the Eddies gave it back to Coldwater just 9 times in the game. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was senior Ryan Mock, who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Cardinals closed out with a 4-16 record while Edwardsburg improved to 15-6 and they’ll play host Three Rivers in the semi-finals tomorrow night.
In the Bronson Class-C district, last night’s Branch County matchup between Bronson and Union City went to the Chargers as they rallied to beat Bronson 61-56. Union City moves on to play Reading in Wednesday’s second semi-final game with Quincy vs. Hillsdale in tomorrow night’s opener at 6 p.m. We’ll have the doubleheader on the radio with our live coverage from Bronson beginning at 5:30 following the Evening Journal. Bronson last night had a 16-5 lead over Union City at the end of the first quarter and the host Vikings were still ahead at halftime 31-26. The tables turned after the break as the Chargers won the third quarter 22-10 and then held on for the 5 point victory. Darren Austin had a game-high 20 points for Union City with 11 points apiece for Cody Cable and Lucas Vaccaro with Vaccaro adding 10 rebounds for a double-double. Sean Kenny led the Vikings with 16 points while Eric Toledo had 10.
Tekonsha’s season ended last night as the Indians fell 69-35 to Bellevue at the Jackson Christian Class-D District.
The second week of the girls basketball state tournament begins tonight including Class D fifth ranked Athens taking on St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic in the regional semifinals at Bloomingdale. Athens has won eight consecutive district crowns and is looking for their third straight trip to the Final Four at the Breslin Center, where they fell in the semi-finals last year after making it to the championship game in 2012.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s our final look at Quincy girls basketball with coach Dana Clark.