MACKINAW — Deer Creek-Mackinaw jumped out to a quick lead before separating itself enough to hold off Tremont's fourth-quarter comeback bid Friday night.
The Chiefs eventually earned a 64-51 boys basketball win in the Route 9 rivalry.
The Chiefs (13-3, 4-1) had four players score as part of an 11-2 push in the first 2:44 to start the game. A fifth player scored in the quarter as Dee-Mack led 19-10 after eight minutes.
“Our kids were really unselfish, and we had great ball movement and great player movement,” Dee-Mack coach John Hughs said. “I really challenged them the last two days to play for the team and set each other up and they did a good job of that.”
The Turks (11-5, 5-3) went 4:37 without a bucket, a stretch that started with 1:21 left in the first quarter and saw several turnovers and missed shots. In that span, Dee-Mack went on a nine-point run to extend its lead to 26-10.
“We just never really got in to any kind of rhythm,” Tremont coach Troy Schmidt said. “Just complacency early, attention to detail, following the scouting report — anything that could have gone wrong those first two quarters did.”
Dee-Mack continued to hold the pedal down and built up a 49-23 lead with 2:18 left in the third quarter. The tide began to turn from then on.
Jaydon Kellum’s basket gave Tremont life as it went on an 18-2 push over the next 6:11 to cut its deficit to 51-41 with 3:27 left.
“I just challenged them to leave everything on the floor and give me everything they could and see what we could do to that huge deficit we created for ourselves,” said Schmidt. “Gutsy effort in the fourth. We played like we’re capable of playing in the fourth and we gave them something to think about moving forward.”
Landon Pflederer’s triple was sandwiched between Dawson Jones’ dunk and four Neal Scheuermann free-throws to close the game out.
Scheuermann finished with a game-high 17 points. Jones finished with 13 and Levi Scheuermann had 11. Tremont’s Luke Barrow and Logan Pflederer each had 12 points. Tim Rice added 10.
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