SHS wins interrupted game against Phoenix

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Sturgis' Hunter Kosmerick scores two points for the Trojans in the second quarter on Tuesday.

Sturgis was likely to win, the Trojans were leading 40-17 at this point, but due to the second incident in the contest and Kalamazoo Phoenix’s disqualification from their second and third players, the match was interrupted with 2:32 left in the third. quarter. and a Sturgis boys basketball victory on Tuesday.

“I’ve never been in a game that was canceled before the regulations,” Trojans coach Keith Kurowski said. “I have been involved in lively and hotly contested competitions where there have been several technical faults and maybe a coach has been sent off. But I’ve never seen a player kick or punch. It is very unfortunate what happened tonight.

The first incident happened at 3:38 of the third quarter when a Fury player was called up for a foul while Sturgis was on offense. He didn’t like the call and started arguing with the official as his teammates held him back. As the official walked over to the scorer’s table to record the foul, he was close enough for the player to swing twice, connecting to the second punch.

After about three minutes late, the game resumed.

A little over a minute later the second incident occurred. After Sturgis was called for a foul and the Fury were ready to shoot, a sideline player was called for a technique. The shooter who had shot and missed while this was happening, slammed the ball after it came back to him and it was also assessed as a technique. The two players walked over to the Phoenix bench and one of them grabbed a trash can and threw it against the wall.

The officials immediately walked over to the scorers table and announced the game for the Trojans.

“You never like to see this on any level, it kind of ruined a good night for the Trojans,” Kurowski said. “We were on our way to a really solid win, that counts as a win. It took me by surprise. We’ve seen these guys on tape twice, and they haven’t shown or shown any of these physical, angry features. Very unfortunate what happened tonight.

Sturgis took the lead, 5-4, after JJ Stevens had two free throws. A layup and pair from the line by Jacob Thompson helped the Trojans take a 10-5 lead after a quarter.

A pair of free throws by Fury’s Cameron Dobbin-Parks reduced the deficit to 12-9, but Sturgis ended the period 13-6 to open a 25-15 lead at the break.

Defense played a big part in building the advantage.

“We didn’t get off to a good start, it’s because we haven’t been to school, no groups, no cheerleaders, just one night in slow motion,” Kurowski said. “But fortunately, our defense kept us in this first half. We shuffled our defenses, spread the pressure, shuffled a few traps and were able to control the boards for the most part and get some outs and take a 10 point lead at halftime. I wasn’t particularly happy with our start, it was just a bit lazy and we weren’t sharp on the offensive end.

The press was also a little different from previous matches.

“We had JJ in the press (with Thompson) he’s long and athletic but the guys at the back Hunter (Kosmerick) and Conner (Strudwick) and Sam Rehm they really anticipated and recognized the positioning of the other players. on the ground, ”Kurowski said. “And they did a good job making sure the other team didn’t get easy transition baskets. I liked their rotations and their way of communicating.

Trojans have also started a wider lineup.

“We were without Hayden (Goodman) tonight, he’s kind of our spark plug defensively, so we had to switch positions and we went for a bigger lineup,” Kurowski said. “Sometimes I thought we were a bit disjointed and moved offensively. But again, our defense was strong. I think we were about to keep them at two points in the third quarter. The great lineup, there are pros and cons, but I thought we were able to frustrate them with our defense.

The Trojans were 15-2 in the third quarter when the game was abandoned.

Thompson led Sturgis with 18 points.

“Jacob Thompson with his ball peddling abilities and he just has some extra gear that a lot of players don’t have,” Kurowski said. “Did a good job playing in the passing lanes and finishing in the basket tonight and led us with a team record of 18 to just three quarters, so it was an impressive performance. “

Stevens finished with 13, while Kosmerick had four, Rehm added three and Ian Smith had two.

“And our top scorer JJ was also strong with 13 points, rebounds and a handful of assists,” added Kurowski.

William Coleman led the Fury with nine points, Kahare Hinton finished with six and Dobbin-Parks had two.


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