MANISTEE — Pentwater got off to a fast start, opening up a 10-point lead and never looked back in cruising to a 49-36 boys basketball victory over Manistee Catholic Central on Wednesday night on the road in the Western Michigan D League.

Switching defenses throughout the game, the Falcons kept the Sabers struggling to get their offense in sync. Pentwater was able to get several stops in the first quarter and finished with a 12-3 advantage.

Catholic managed to recover in the second quarter, and matched the Falcons point for point as each team scored 15 points to leave Pentwater leading, 27-18 at the half.

Pentwater freshman Jonny Arnouts scored five points, and led the Falcons’ transition charge, sharing the ball with Drew Kolenda, Will Werkema-Grondsma and Tyler Plummer-Eisenlohr.

The Falcons turned up the full court defensive pressure in the third quarter, and that produced a 15-7 advantage that extended Pentwater’s lead to 17 points, 42-25 going into the fourth period. Catholic had a 16-6 advantage in the final stanza.

“The boys are gelling. We’re having fun,” said Pentwater coach Ashley Lubera. “I couldn’t ask for a better point in the season to be peaking a little bit.

“We’ve had different high scorers each night, and defensively we’re really coming along nicely. We just switched it up a lot. We threw some full court at them, some half court at them, and just good, overall balanced scoring.

“To have a full roster the last couple weeks has made a huge difference for us in consistency.”

Arnouts finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Falcons, which included three 3-point buckets. Plummer-Eisenlohr added 13 points.

Brandon Macher grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists. Campbell Miller hauled down five boards.

Pentwater improved to 5-9 overall and 5-7 in the WMD. The Falcons are next scheduled to see action Friday night at Mason County Eastern.