Comets drop opener to Crossroads

November 29, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

As the smallest school in the Highland Conference, the McBain Northern Michigan Christian boys basketball team is well aware of the challenges that await. That isn’t going to keep the Comets from making some noise in league play however.

“We understand that the Highland will be very tough and as always we ask our players to compete at a high level on a game-to-game basis,” third year had coach Shawn Pattee said. “And, as always, our players understand they are Christian athletes and will represent our NMC community proudly.”

Returning from last year’s team that went 10-12 are seniors Tanner Mulder, Grant Pogue, Spencer Quist and Caiden Platz. Joining the squad are juniors Jamey Haan, Alex Rozeveld, Ezra Dieterman, Wayne Roeper, Garret Langton, Josh Byard, Corey VanHaitsma and Silas Bowden.

“We have two great leaders in Mulder and Pogue,” Pattee said. “We will rely on them to lead our defense. We will have to rebound as a team and continue to work on becoming more physical. Defense we will have to have great ball pressure and contest all shots. Transition defense will also be very important. Offensively we will need to get some easy transition buckets and have great spacing, screening, cutting, and take good shots. We share the ball great so far and will have to continue to do that. We have some shooters and will need to get to the basket also.”

On Tuesday NMC opened its season with a non-league game at Big Rapids Crossroads, where it came up short, 68-61.
NMC led 12-9 after the first quarter but faced a 34-23 deficit by the half.

VanHaitsma led the way with 15 points, Dieterman had 12 with Pogue and Quist adding 11 each.

NMC (0-1 overall) were at Traverse City Christian on Thursday, heads to Onekama on Tuesday and hosts Evart on Wednesday in its Highland opener.

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