2009-02-14 / Sports

Lakers Boys Sweep Islanders; Girls Swept By Beaver Island

Mackinac Island Lakers' Robert Chambers drives successfully for two of his season-high 27 points against conference rival the Beaver Island Islanders in the first of two weekend games Friday, February 6, at Mackinac Island. The Lakers won, 69-51. Mackinac Island Lakers' Robert Chambers drives successfully for two of his season-high 27 points against conference rival the Beaver Island Islanders in the first of two weekend games Friday, February 6, at Mackinac Island. The Lakers won, 69-51. The Mackinac Island Lakers boys basketball team swept Beaver Island, defeating the Islanders 72-53 in a Northern Lights League match-up Friday, February 6, and downed the visitors 69-51 in a non-league contest Saturday, February 7.

The Lakers, 11-1 on the season and 6-0 in the league, used a 27-8 second quarter scoring effort that turned the tide from a 16-16 tie after the first eight minutes into a 43-24 halftime advantage.

Robert Chambers scored 10 of his season-high 27 points to lead the Lakers in the second quarter, while Tyler McLean added eight, Michael Gamble chipped in seven, and Thomas Rilenge scored two in the second quarter for the Lakers.

Beaver Island held an 18-17 scoring edge in the third quarter but Mackinac Island closed out the game with a 12-11 run in the final eight minutes.

With floor leader Michi Mullings fouling out early in the fourth quarter of game one against conference rival Beaver Island Friday, February 6, Marie Bunker (left) and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker took control of Mackinac Island's attempt for a come-from-behind win, only to fall short by three points in a 38-35 loss. With floor leader Michi Mullings fouling out early in the fourth quarter of game one against conference rival Beaver Island Friday, February 6, Marie Bunker (left) and Morgan Brodeur-Bunker took control of Mackinac Island's attempt for a come-from-behind win, only to fall short by three points in a 38-35 loss. In game two, played Saturday morning, five players scored in double figures in a non-league win over the Islanders for Lakers Coach Jim Fisher.

Mackinac Island led 26-12 after the first eight minutes and held a 15-13 scoring edge in the second quarter for a 41-25 halftime advantage.

The Lakers increased their lead to 56-35 with a 15-10 scoring run in the third quarter before Beaver Island completed the game with a 16-13 run in the final eight minutes.

Lakers statistics (game one): Robert Chambers, 27 points; Tyler McLean, 23 points; Mic-hael Gamble, 14 points; Thom-as Rilenge, eight points.

Lakers statistics (game two): Michael Gamble, 20 points, four treys; Tyler McLean, Paul Fisher, 12 points, two treys; Thomas Rilenge, 11 points; Robert Chambers, 10 points; Collin Armstrong, four points.

Crowned Homecoming King and Queen for Mackinac Island Public School were juniors Paul Fisher and Holly Leedke, during halftime of the Lakers boys basketball game against Beaver Island Friday, February 6. Crowned Homecoming King and Queen for Mackinac Island Public School were juniors Paul Fisher and Holly Leedke, during halftime of the Lakers boys basketball game against Beaver Island Friday, February 6. Mackinac Island Girls Drop Pair

The Mackinac Island Lakers girls dropped a pair of games to the Beaver Island Islanders 38- 35 in a Northern Lights League contest Friday, February 6, and 34-27 non-league decision Saturday, February 7.

"We had chances to win both games," said Lakers Coach Mary Patay. "The third quarter was the difference Friday and Saturday."

The Islanders held an 8-7 scoring edge after the first eight minutes before the Lakers sent the game into halftime tied at 18 with an 11-8 scoring run in the second quarter, sparked by a three-point field goal by Lakers' floor leader Michi Mullings.

Beaver Island led 33-24 after three quarters with a 15-6 advantage. Mackinac Island outscored the Islanders 11-5 in an attempt to earn a come-from-behind victory in the final eight minutes, but fell three points short.

The fifth through seventh grade dance team at Mackinac Island Public School performed during halftime at the Lakers boys basketball game against Beaver Island Friday evening, February 6. The team is instructed by Julie Rilenge. Pictured are (from left) Keely Johnson, Kyra Kolatski, Adrienne Rilenge, and Hailey Armstrong. The fifth through seventh grade dance team at Mackinac Island Public School performed during halftime at the Lakers boys basketball game against Beaver Island Friday evening, February 6. The team is instructed by Julie Rilenge. Pictured are (from left) Keely Johnson, Kyra Kolatski, Adrienne Rilenge, and Hailey Armstrong. In game two, Saturday morning, the Lakers, 7-5 on the season and 3-3 in the NLL, trailed 12-8 after the first eight minutes Saturday. They continued to fall behind, trailing at 18-11 at halftime and 28-15 after three quarters before outscoring the Islanders 12-6 in the final eight minutes, falling short by seven points.

Mackinac Island will travel to Grand Marais to battle the Polar Bears in a weekend series Friday, February 13, and Saturday, February 14.

Lakers statistics (game one): Maria Bunker, 14 points, eight steals, six rebounds; Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, eight points, seven steals, three assists; Maggie Chambers, six points; Zhane Nash, four points, 15 rebounds; Michi Mullings, three points, six steals.

Lakers statistics (game two): Zhane Nash, seven points, 11 rebounds; Morgan Brodeur- Bunker, seven points, seven rebounds; Holly Leedke, six points; Maria Bunker, Maggie Chambers, Halee Tokarz, two points; Michi Mullings, one point, 10 rebounds, six steals, four assists.

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