LUDINGTON — A threat directed at Manistee High School earlier in the day forced a last-minute change in the schedule, with the Chippewas coming to Ludington for Friday night’s Lakes 8 Activities Conference game.

But in the first half it was the Chippewas who played like they were at home anyway, despite making the bus ride down to Hawley Gymnasium.

Ludington head coach Thad Shank looks on as his Oriole squad improved to 2-0 in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference on Friday evening with a 73-40 win over Manistee (Photo/Craig Beilfuss)

The Chippewas kept the game close throughout the first half, but the Orioles found their bearings at halftime and pulled away in the second half for a convincing 73-40 victory.

Manistee was able to stay with the Orioles in the first 16 minutes largely because of the play of Caiden Cudney, who drained five 3-point field goals. He would finish with 18 points for the Chippewas.

After finishing the first quarter in a 12-12 tie, the Orioles gained some traction in the second quarter and outscored the Chippewas, 15-8 in the second to ease into a 27-20 lead at the half.

Ludington dominated the second half, using a big 26-9 third quarter to blow things open, as the Orioles soared into a 53-29 lead. Ludington outscored Manistee, 20-11 in the fourth period.

David Schillinger and Peyton LaCombe were the Oriole leaders, combining for 41 points themselves. Schillinger fired up 23 points, and LaCombe had 18. Kol Anthes contributed seven points.

Ludington brought its record up to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference. The Orioles participates in the Motor City Roundball Classic starting Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Ann Arbor Skyline.

Sophomore David Shillinger led all scorers on Friday evening with a game high 23 points

Ludington senior Peyton LaCombe netted 18 points in Friday nights win over Manistee