LUDINGTON — After falling behind early in the second quarter, the Ludington boys basketball team sped away from visiting Orchard View, 71-29 Tuesday and improved to 12-0.

The Orioles led only 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and then saw the Cardinals hit them with a body punch to take a lead, before they recovered and exploded over the remainder of the period, 21-7 and raced into a 36-18 halftime lead.
Continuing their momentum into the third quarter, the Orioles outscored the Cardinals, 26-2 and mounted a huge 62-20 lead. Both teams scored nine points in the fourth quarter.
“It’s nice to get everybody in the game and involved,” said Ludington head coach Thad Shank. “We’re carrying a lot of kids on this basketball team.
“They bust their tails every night in practice, so it’s nice to get them some minutes on the floor. The next two games will be big tests for us.”
David Shillinger scored 26 points to lead all scorers in the game for Ludington, while Gage Jones contributed 14 and Daniel Ramirez chipped in seven points.
Keith McCallister and BJ Sewell each scored 10 points for the Cardinals.
Ludington (6-0 WMC Lakes) travels to Traverse City Central for a non-conference game next Tuesday night.
Orchard View (2-7, 1-4 WMC Lakes) is back in action Friday night for a conference game at home with Whitehall.