2018-02-07 / Sports

Cook’s 37 sinks ‘Skins

Brown City needs two OTs
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


Brown City’s Calvin Cook goes to the hoop for two of his 37 points in the win over Sandusky. 
Photo by Dale Ball Brown City’s Calvin Cook goes to the hoop for two of his 37 points in the win over Sandusky. Photo by Dale Ball SANDUSKY – Brown City’s Calvin Cook came out on fire Friday night and then, later, turned up the heat when the Green Devils needed it the most.

The 6’2” senior guard/forward poured in a career-high 37 points, including 15 in the final six minutes in the Devils’, 55-47, two-overtime win at Sandusky.

The victory allowed Brown City to take over the sole lead in the East at 4-1. Marlette, Harbor Beach, and Ubly are all 3-2 and Sandusky slipped to 2-3.

The Green Devils appeared to be in charge and on their way to a convincing win at Sandusky’s Mark Hund Gymnasium. Cook’s 15 points helped give BC a, 25-12, lead at halftime. The Devils still led by 11, 36-25, going into the fourth quarter.

The ‘Skins, though, suddenly came to life behind 6’7” Josh Sauer and guard/ forward Trenton Lee. The two seniors combined to score all of their team’s 15 points in the quarter. Lee, a junior, scored on an offensive rebound and put-back to force the OT. In the meantime, BC’s only points of the quarter came on a bucket from Cook.


Josh Sauer, a 6-foot-7 senior, turned in a double-double for Sandusky in the two overtime loss to Brown City. Josh Sauer, a 6-foot-7 senior, turned in a double-double for Sandusky in the two overtime loss to Brown City. In the first extra three minutes, Cook buried a triple with 46 seconds left to give the Devils a 43-41, lead. Sauer, though, tied it up moments later with a lay-in, to force another overtime.

Sauer quickly gave Sandusky a lead with bucket in the opening minute of the second OT.

However, Brown City scored the next 10 points, including eight from Cook, to put the game out of reach.

“We had to grind it out,” said BC coach Anthony Troshak. “We struggled a bit on offense in the third and fourth quarters, but found a way.” The way, though, mostly was Cook, on the offensive end. Troshak added, “Calvin kind of willed us down the stretch.”

Tristin Pennington, Sandusky coach, was proud of his team’s effort, but said Cook was a difference, especially when BC needed him most. “Cook hit a huge shot in the second OT to put (Brown City) up by three. Then, they finished it with free throws late.”

While Cook also had nine rebounds, BC’s Andrew Geiger had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Sauer finished with 20 points and 11 boards while Lee had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Sandusky.

Brown City 44, Harbor Beach 42: The Green Devils tightened the East race on Wednesday night by handing the Pirates their first lost in division play.

BC did not take a lead in the game until Cook buried a triple to send his team on top, 42-40. After Harbor Beach tied the game, Geiger put in the game-winning bucket with three seconds remaining.

“I thought our guys did a great job of grinding, sticking to the game plan, and keeping their composure,” noted Troshak. “It was a good team victory with multiple guys contributing in a variety of ways.”

Cook led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Geiger had a double-double, 12 points and 11 boards and Jared McPhail tossed in six points.

Sandusky 67, Memphis 59: Sauer was dominating inside for the Redskins on Wednesday night, finishing with a career-high 28 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and added five assists. Lee was next in scoring with nine points and Ryan Campbell had six points and five assists.

Sandusky built a 14-point lead, 39-24, by halftime against the Yellowjackets, who fought back to tighten the game in the fourth quarter.

Coach Pennington said his team could have played better.

“We had stretches where we were careless with the ball and rushed perimeter shots. But, we made free throws down the stretch to seal it.”

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