The Ludington boys basketball team is up to its old tournament tricks again.
The Orioles, who stunned everyone by advancing all the way to the state finals two years ago, reached the Division 2 regional finals on Tuesday with a 50-40 victory over Standish-Sterling in a semifinal matchup at Cadillac High School.
Ludington, 12-10, now advances to play Escanaba in Gaylord on Thursday night, with the winner earning a ticket to the state quarterfinals.
Standish-Sterling scored the first seven points of the game and led 9-2 midway through the first quarter. But Ludington answered with a 20-2 burst to take a 22-11 lead midway through the second, and had a 24-16 advantage at halftime.
Sterling-Standish pulled to within three points, 29-26, early in the third quarter, then the Orioles took control of the contest with a 14-2 run that gave them a 43-28 lead headed into the fourth.
Ludington’s Ray Calhoun sparked the decisive run by scoring all eight of his points in the third quarter, including back-to-back triples.
Brayden Porter paced the Orioles with 13 points while Josh Laman added 12.