For 28 minutes on Thursday night, it looked like the Kalkaska Blazers JV Boys basketball team might end their fantastic season with a tough loss against a tough Lake Michigan Conference opponent. Down 4 with just 4 minutes to play, and having trailed the entire night, while struggled to find any offensive rhythm, it seemed like the Red Devils from East Jordan would walk away with a big win.
But as Coach Olds’ team has done so many times this year, they dug deep, they fought hard, and they ended their 2018-2019 campaign with an unbelievable victory!
Through three quarters, the Blazers managed just 25 points, while their Red Devil opponents scored 34. But a 12-3 4th quarter run led by a stifling full-court press pushed the game to overtime where Kalkaska pulled away for a 48-42 win. During their defensive stand, the Blazers held the Red Devils to just 3 points over an 11-minutes stretch of time! In the 4th quarter alone they forced 10 turnovers and while Kalkaska’s offense just couldn’t seemed to get unhitched, they kept East Jordan from scoring any buckets. 4 more turnovers in the extra period sealed East Jordan’s fate.
Glenn Morris and Cole McKenzie came up big down the stretch, leading Kalkaska with 12 and 9 points, and scoring 16 of their points in the 4th and Overtime. Travis Blasko chipped in with 12 points and 8 steals, overwhelming the Red Devil point guards with non-stop ball pressure. While Jacob Schaub had an off-night scoring the ball, he absolutely dominated the glass with 14 boards. The whole team contributed to tonight’s come-from-behind victory, and the faithful Kalkaska fan base was loud and energizing as the boys closed out the game.
Conference opponent Harbor Springs canceled their last game, rescheduled for Saturday, against Kalkaska, so the JV boys teams ends the seasons with a dominating 17-1 record. Keep an eye on these young men when they play next season, as several of them will find their way to the varsity team and those that stay on JV will be battle-tested and ready for another great run in 2019-2020.
Thanks for cheering us on each and every game, the Kalkaska fans are awesome!