PENTWATER — Pentwater’s boys basketball team closed the regular season Thursday night with a Western Michigan D League game against undefeated Mesick, and couldn’t match the Bulldogs’ hot shooting in a 76-37 loss at Pentwater.
Mesick, which finished the regular season 20-0, couldn’t miss from beyond the 3-point arc, which nullified an otherwise strong performance by the Falcons in the first quarter.
“We never gave up the entire game,” said Falcons head coach Ashley Lubera. “But the Bulldogs shot the lights out, while we made only 22 percent against their intense man-to-man defense.”
Pentwater trailed, 23-12 after the first quarter. The Falcons were outscored, 17-5 in the second and went into the locker room at the half with a 40-17 deficit.
Mesick didn’t slow down in the second half, gaining a 20-12 advantage over the Falcons in the third period to make it a 60-29 ball game going into the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Falcons, 16-8 in the final eight minutes.
According to Pentwater’s statistics, the Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field, 49 percent from long distance and 52 percent in the paint.
Tyler Plummer-Eisenlohr finished the game with 17 points to lead Pentwater, but he was the only Falcon in double figures. Will Werkema-Grondsma added seven points. Campbell Miller contributed eight rebounds and Brandon Macher grabbed four boards.
Pentwater fell to 6-11 overall and finished 7-9 in the conference. The Falcons will travel to Marion on Monday evening and take on the Eagles in the Division 4 boys district.