Short-handed Blue Devils fall to Traverse City Central | Sports
GAYLORD – The Gaylord Blue Devils boys’ basketball team suffered a 78:52 home loss to Traverse City Central Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils played without older star Corey Deer, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, and had to fight and fight against a large, athletic squad of Trojans.
TC Central took the lead early and used his physicality to take a look at the color. Gaylord hit a couple of shots late in the first quarter but still stayed 26-10 after the first eight minutes.
In Deer’s absence, Gaylord maintained an even goal attack, with Gavin Freeman and freshman Luke Gelow scooping some hard blows.
Freeman led the Blue Devils on 13 points but left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. Gelow added 11 points and tried to gain some confidence offensively.
The Trojans continued to look good in the second quarter, with security guard Carson Bourdo causing problems at both ends of the square. But Gaylord remained competitive and was 47:22 behind at halftime.
Gaylord continued to struggle and fought his way back into the game in the third quarter, forcing some TC Central sales and ending up around the basket. Austin Vanderveer consistently made life difficult for the Trojans, resulting in several scoring opportunities for Blue Devil.
Gaylord was 54:32 behind after the third quarter, but has shown a huge improvement offensively since Petoskey’s defeat when the Blue Devils only scored 15 points.
Though Gaylord was tough, they didn’t have enough in the tank to complete the comeback. Both teams turned to their benches in the middle of the fourth quarter, which gave some other players a chance to earn a few minutes.
“Our practices are just very competitive,” said Stephen Draper, TC Central’s head coach. They did an incredible job and challenged each other. We don’t have a lot of exercises, so when we have them they must be really good. Our depth really gave us an edge because we have people who are so competitive. “
Bourdo led the Trojans’ balanced attack on goal with 19 points, 14 of which were scored in the first half. Ben Van Nes added 11 points while Carson Briggs and Cadyn Warner added eight points each.
“The greatest thing about Carson is that he is ready to do whatever is needed of him,” said Draper. But it is no different from other players in that they are ready to do anything to win.
“He could have scored two points tonight and was just as happy. That’s the way the game goes. Sometimes he gets the chances and sometimes he doesn’t. But his buy-in set the tone for the team. Whatever the game is, you are something you get “
Gaylord fell 7-0 that season while TC Central improved to 6-2 and 6-0 in the Big North Conference. The Trojans could cause problems for opposing teams due to their depth and size.
“I think we tried to emphasize our boys who only care about themselves,” said Draper. “We can’t really make a game plan or do a scouting report.” We were just trying to focus on what we were doing, worrying and getting better at every single game and training session. We hope that with this we will be able to be ready for the tournament.
“We don’t reinvent the wheel every day and get a new schedule for every game. We do the same things and try to be really good at it. We hope this is the best way to prepare in a shortened season.” ”
The Blue Devils play next Thursday in Alpena.
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