The bad news for Lake Shore was that Marine City was just getting started.
The Shorians had dug their way out an early hole in their high school boys’ basketball game against the Mariners and trailed by only five points at halftime.
For the second-straight game, the Mariners took control in the third quarter and cruised to a decisive victory on Thursday.
Sam Honaker scored 22 points in a 66-42 blowout that evened Marine City’s to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.
The Mariners swept a two-game home stand this week and picked up their fourth win in their last six games.
“Our third quarters have been great,” Coach Joel Whymer said. “We came out of the locker room ready to play.”
The Mariners outscored Lake Shore 17-6 in the third period after leading just 31-26 at the break. Two nights ago, they used a similar formula to beat Center Line 60-38 after holding a one-point edge at intermission.
Last night’s point total was the highest Marine City has achieved this season and it was the largest margin of victory over an opponent.
The Mariners opened the game with a 20-12 lead, but the Shorians (3-7, 1-4) managed to temporarily weather the storm.
D.J. Burns opened the scoring in the third quarter by sweeping his way past three defenders for a layup and a 33-28 Marine City lead. Pete Patsalis followed with a 3-pointer and then Honaker made a Michael Jordan-like move, switching the ball between his hands behind his back and tossing in a lay in.
Mariner fans roared with approval as the home team built a double-digit lead it maintained the rest of the night.
Paul Carbone scored 14 points and Burns finished with 11. Patsalis added eight points and sophomore Kenton Rivard chipped in with seven.
“We had good balance,” Whymer said. “They can’t key on one guy, they have to guard our team.”
With the win, Marine City embarks on a five-game road trip that starts with a crucial matchup against county rival Marysville on Tuesday.
The Vikings (4-4, 3-1) pulled off a stunner Thursday as they handed Lakeview its first loss of the season. The Mariners will be looking for a win that would tie them with Marysville for third place in the division.
“Our guys are tough-minded and we’ll go on the road with a business-like mentality,” Whymer said.
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