By Jim Goorman
Local Sports Journal
Mona Shores coach Nick Bronsema wanted his Mona Shores Sailors to overpower Kenowa Hills with the huge size advantage and their backcourt quickness to create fast break chances.
That strategy worked in an 82-59 victory.
Sailor post player Adam Rayner played a solid first quarter by scoring 13 points inside and that led the visitors to a 26-13 lead at the first stop.
Shores continually made the entry passes to the post throughout the game as Rayner scored 19 points and the other post players, Logan Haugh and Logan Smith each scored 12 and 10 respectively.
It was a track meet between the two teams as the Sailors relied on finding the number advantages over and over with Cam Mathews, Marquon Sargent and Jamarius Williams.
That trio showed their extreme quickness and ball handling saavy in leading the Sailors to consistent halves of 42 points in the first half and 40 in the second.
It was the second consecutive game that Shores has scored more than 80 points in a contest.
While the Sailors were showing their explosive offensive skills, Kenowa Hills did what a good smaller team can do best — shoot 3-pointers. They had 10 three pointers for the evening, which kept the game interesting.
Lucas Soltys from Kenowa Hills was the three point king of the night as he hit
four, three in the fourth quarter.
“We did not have a three pointer and we got the ball where we wanted — inside especially to Adam (Rayner),” Bronsema said. “We are showing what Sailor ball really is.”
The Sailors sizzled with 70 percent shooting from the floor on 37-for-53.
The rebounding for Shores was led by Logan Haughs who fought and scrapped for 10 and his sidekick Rayner had seven boards. Jamarius Williams played a solid floor game.
Soltys led Kenowa with 18 points.