But the Falcons were determined to pull off an upset against one of the West Michigan D League’s upper-tier teams and did just that with an exciting 55-50 victory.
“From the opening tip of the ball, the game was about offensive composure, defensive focus, hustle and poise,” said Pentwater coach Ashley Lubera. “We were able to link all of those traits and get the upset in a roaring gym at home.”
Neither team gained an edge in the first quarter and it ended in a 9-all tie. The score was still all even, 20-20, at the half.
Jonny Arnouts hit three 3-point baskets in the third quarter and the Falcons took the lead, 33-32, going into the fourth quarter.
Pentwater extended its lead to five points in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles rallied to close the gap thanks to a high-pressure defense.
But the Falcons didn’t wilt, and Arnouts made the Eagles pay for getting into foul trouble. He knocked down 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win,
Mikey Carlson scored 20 points to lead Pentwater and he also had 12 rebounds. Arnouts finished with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Trey Johnson contributed seven points while Kaleb Brown added five points, seven rebounds and one steal.
Marion currently holds down third place in the league.
Pentwater (5-10, 5-6) will travel to Bear Lake on Friday.