Early Garber lead proves too much for Panthers
GARBER — Standish-Sterling Central boys basketball lost an out-of-conference matchup with the Essexville-Garber Dukes on Jan. 6 by a score of 65-52.
SSC coach Tom Murray told the Independent that the Panthers didn’t play defense early on in the game as well as they could.
“(Essexville-Garber) got out to a 13 point lead,” he said. “We got within six but couldn’t get any closer.”
Murray said the combination of Garber’s big man, Mike Schroeder, and outside shooting doomed the Panthers in the contest.
Shroeder notched 27 points to offset SSC junior center Cole Walderczak’s 27. The Dukes Jesse Kenniston was the second leading scorer for Garber with 24. Dylan Williams added 10 for the Panthers.
“We just didn’t play as well as I though we would,” Murray said. “We just couldn’t (cut away) at the lead in time.”
The Panthers next contest is against Northeast Michigan Conference foe Whittemore-Prescott, who will be looking for its first ever win in the conference, on Friday, Jan. 8 at roughly 7:30 p.m.
Murray said the Cardinals are coming off a two-game win streak, both coming in W-P’s holiday tournament against North Star League teams, and will be hungry to keep the streak going. However, he said SSC wouldn’t be taking the game with a grain of salt either.
“We’re definitely not in a position to take anyone lightly,” Murray said. “We’re having struggles of our own, so we’re trying to work through that.”
The Panthers loss brings their record to 3-3 overall on the season and to 0-2 in the NEMC.