Looking back: Paige-led Rams top Gaylord to win Class C regional crown
The Charlie Paige-led Harbor Springs boys’ basketball won a Class C regional title over Gaylord, 54-53, overcoming a contested buzzer-beater attempt by the Blue Devils.
Gaylord collected a steal on the outlet pass and Art Tebo took the final shot which he sank, causing the Blue Devil fans to storm the Petoskey High School gym floor.
After the officials met with time keeper Will Splahn, lead official Bill Beech of Alpena ruled Tebo did not get his shot off in time and Harbor Springs was awarded the win.
Ranney finished with 18 points, while George Lauer added 17.
Harbor then fell to Houghton, 52-50, in the state quarterfinals. The Gremlins came back from a five-point deficit with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter.
Tom Pifer led the Rams with 12 points, while Lauer and Ranney each had 11.
— Pellston fell to Brimley, 58-56, in triple overtime during a Class D regional final game. Doug Lovaasen took the Hornets final shot just after the buzzer sounded.
Pellston earlier in the first quarter was denied a Vern Hiar free throw because of a lane violation by another Hornet player.
Lovaasen finished the game with 19 points, Stan Bodzick added 15 and Mike Thompson had 10.
Alanson ran their record to 22-2 after winning a Class D regional title over Big Bay de Noc, 55-52.
For the Vikings, the win marked the most wins collected in a season and it was the school’s first-ever regional title.
Alanson would not gain the lead until late in the third quarter on a Duane Pyjar basket. The lead would change nine times between the Vikings and Black Bears before the final buzzer would sound.
Ross Blumke scored a game-high 22 points and Scott Granger added 18.
“We were not hitting our shots in the first half, and were forced into their (Big Bay de Noc) tempo,” first year coach Joe Grigg said.
A total 10 of 15 regional final games were not played that night because of the inclement weather.
Alanson lost in the quarterfinals, 70-68, to White Pine. The Vikings blocked a last second shot only to have the ball land in the hands of another Warrior, who turned, shot and swished a 15-footer.