2017-03-15 / Sports

Pirates stop Eagles for ‘D’ district title


The Peck Pirates claimed a Class D district championship in boys basketball last Friday night with a win over Deckerville. Photo by Sharon Rich The Peck Pirates claimed a Class D district championship in boys basketball last Friday night with a win over Deckerville. Photo by Sharon Rich DECKERVILLE – Avenging two losses in NCTL play in the regular season, the Peck Pirates took home a district title in boys’ basketball on Friday night.

After falling twice to the Deckerville Eagles, the Pirates captured the Class D district trophy, on the Eagles’ home floor, with a, 45-35, triumph. The win sent the Pirates (14- 8) into regional play while the Eagles (14-7) ended their season.

A quick start in the opening quarter helped key the win for Peck. They jumped out to a, 16-5, lead and never trailed the rest of the way. Deckerville pulled back within six, 25-19, by halftime. However, the Pirates went back up by double digits, 39-28, in the third quarter and then finished it out in the final eight minutes.


Peck’s Dylan Dankenbring (right) goes high to take a rebound away from Deckerville’s Zach Asher in Friday night’s Class D district championship game. Photo by Sharon Rich. Peck’s Dylan Dankenbring (right) goes high to take a rebound away from Deckerville’s Zach Asher in Friday night’s Class D district championship game. Photo by Sharon Rich. “I thought we played really well. We came out really hot at the beginning,” said Peck coach Jeremy Abrego. “(Dylan) Dankenbring (6’8”, Sr.) established himself inside and they couldn’t stop him. He established the middle and that pretty much took care of it.”

Dankenbring finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Pirates. He did, however, have plenty of scoring help from his teammates, too. Ean Sell and Kody LaFleur each tossed in eight points and Chris Beurmann had seven.

Deckerville was led by junior guard Kenton Bowerman with 13 points while junior Wyatt Janowiak added seven.

SEMIFINALS

Peck 69 North Huron 63: The Pirates fought off the Warriors in the semis in Wednesday night. They led by three, 30-27, at the break and extended the margin to eight, 49-41, in the third quarter.

While Dankenbring notched 17 points and 13 boards, Sell led Peck with 19 points. Beurmann had 10 points, Cole Hendley added nine, and LaFleur chipped in with eight.

Deckerville 56 CPS 52: The Eagles fought off an upset bid by the Tigers. Deckerville led by eight, 30-22, at halftime, but the Tigers pulled within four, 46-42, in the third quarter and within one early in the final quarter.

“Then,” noted CPS coach Leon Westover, “we had four consecutive possessions that resulted in zero points. That was a critical sequence – getting a lead at that point would be a huge emotional and psychological lift for us.”

The Eagles were their own worst enemy at the free throw line, sinking just 10 of 30 tries on the night.

Three players scored in double figures for Deckerville, led by Pattullo’s 16 points. Janowiak and Zach Asher followed with 13 and 10 points.

CPS, which finished its season with an 8-13 record, had a game-high 20 points from senior forward Justin Ritchie and 13 from senior guard Tony Nugent.

FIRST ROUND

CPS 47 Mayville 44: After rallying from a 10-point deficit dearly, the Tigers needed an offensive rebound and a free throw from Cody Mooney and a steal and lay-up from Nugent in the last minute to a break a 44-44 deadlock in Monday night’s opener.

CPS trailed, 17-7, after the first quarter but eventually up by seven, 39-32, going into the final quarter.

Nugent led all scorers with 22 while Ritchie had 13 points.

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