By Greg Gielczyk

PENTWATER – A strong first half carried the Pentwater boys’ basketball team to a dominating 74-21 victory Tuesday night at Big Rapids Crossroads Academy in the West Michigan D League.

It snapped a two-game losing streak for the Falcons and kept them just behind Baldwin in the standings with four games remaining. The remaining slate includes a rematch with Baldwin in the season finale.

“We shared the ball, getting everyone some touches and scoring chances, including eighth grader Gavin Macher in his varsity debut,” said Pentwater coach Ashley Lubera. “Jack Roberts played outstanding, stealing several passes and finding assists in transition.”

Trey Johnson came alive offensively in the second period knocking down 3-point jumpers.

Jonny Arnouts and Mikey Carlson combined the score 17 points in the first quarter and the Falcons asserted their will on the Cougars with a 23-2 lead. Behind the hot shooting by Johnson in the second period, the Falcons ripped the Cougars again, outscoring them 15-4 and went into the half with a whopping 38-6 lead.

The Falcons outscored the Cougars 15-12 in the third period to build a 53-18 lead and then finished the game with a 21-3 run to win easily.

Carlson had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, adding four steals. Arnouts scored 18 points, dished out six assists and came away with two steals. Johnson contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Gavin Macher added nine points and Roberts finished with eight points, six assists and five steals.

Pentwater improved to 13-5 overall, 12-2 in the WMD, with its next game Thursday at Manistee Catholic Central.