PENTWATER — After falling behind, 8-0 to Marion in Monday night’s opening round of the MHSAA Division 4 district at home, Pentwater recovered and took off, soaring to a 62-55 victory over Marion to extend its season for another game.
It could have been the other way around for the Falcons, who saw several early shot attempts rim around the basket and then fall harmlessly away.
But, the Falcons didn’t falter and came storming back.
“We missed our first four or five shots,” Pentwater head coach Ashley Lubera said. “I just think in our time out we recouped, and we had a scouting report to just stay on positive energy.
“So, we went out in a press and played some pretty good defense. We just went on a little run. It was just adrenalin and effort that kept us in it.
“I think we just slowed them down, and tired them out a little bit. Tyler Plummer-Eisenlohr hit back-to-back baskets that got us back into it.”
Four or five players scored in the first quarter to put the Falcons in the lead.
Plummer-Eisenlohr knocked down two 3-point baskets, with Jonny Arnouts, James Davis and Drew Kolenda helping lead the charge.
The Falcons turned that early deficit around, and finished the first quarter with a 15-11 lead. Pentwater outscored Marion, 14-9 in the second period and led by nine, 29-20 at half.
Kolenda hit back-to-back 3-point baskets in the third quarter, but could only outscore the Eagles by four, 20-16 but went into the fourth quarter up by 13 points, 49-36.
Marion tried to come back in the fourth period, but could only outscore the Falcons, 19-13.
“Defense creates offense,” Lubera added. “In any tournament game it’s a matter of who can step up and get more stops, who can get defensive rebounds, and then take care of the ball.
“We had very limited turnovers tonight. We just utilized the clock really well on offense when we finally got a four-point or five-point lead so they (Eagles) weren’t getting multiple possessions, because they have some shooters.
“We had to slow them down, and I think we did a great job doing that.”
Pentwater was led by Plummer-Eisenlohr who fired in 28 points, with one steal and one rebound.
Kolenda contributed 10 points, two rebounds and one assist.Will Werkema-Grondsma nearly had a triple double on the night with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals. He also dished out three assists.
Campbell Miller chipped in with four points, five rebounds and two assists. Davis hauled down seven rebounds, had one assist and two points.
Brandon Macher had four assists and one rebound, while Mikey Carlson had three rebounds.
Pentwater improved to 8-11 and will now face undefeated McBain Christian (20-0) in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the district at McBain Christian.