Arctic Cat and the BDO Ballerz were both able to improve their records to 3-0 in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action on Thursday at Fort High.
Week 3 action had Arctic Cat taking on the Muskies in the early game, which showed exactly how basketball has changed over the years to the reliance on the three-point shot as the Muskies hung in there, hitting ten threes in the contest while Arctic Cat sunk only two.
Jacob Fish was the high-scorer for Arctic Cat in this one, with high-percentage drives to the hoop, some slick post move head fakes, and one highlight around-the-back layup for a total of 16 poits in the game.
Morgan Anderson added 14 points and Monte Gubbels chipped in 11 points to help give Arctic Cat a 60-57 win.
The Muskies again climbed on the back of Mike Vanderaa for scoring and he put up 18 points with five “treys.” Garrett Hyatt and Caleb Allen both contributed 11 points in a game where the black-and-gold (1-2) just came up short.
The second game of the night saw the BDO Ballerz taking on Sunset Landscaping.
Sunset was missing several of their top players and despite a good first half, found themselves struggling to score in the second half to keep this one close.
BDO was cold from the field in the first half, finishing with 16 points at the break, while Sunset (0-3) managed to take the lead with 18 points.
Jordan Lavallee and Forrest Arch took over in the second half with rebounding and hustle around the backboards and finished the game with 18 and 12 points, respectively. The final score was 51-33 in favour of BDO.
The final game of the night featured the RBC Lions up against the defending champion Revco Renegades.
RBC (1-2) came out locked and loaded in this one and invited Revco back to the “Old Woodshed” for a beatdown they'd soon like to forget.
Brady Jenson shook off his shooting rust from last week and came out launching all rockets; going off for 30 points and shook off whomever Revco chose to try to defend him.
Sam Soderman blazed up and down the court controlling the game from start to finish, scoring at will, and fed Jenson all night for open looks.
Soderman finished with 25 points, tons of rebounds, and appeared at times to be more greyhound than human.
DJ Payne put up 14 points and John Sivonen contributed 13 in a lacklustre defensive effort by the Renegades (1-2), who looked like they best hit the treadmills or a time machine if they want to win another title this year. The final score was 84-50 for RBC in that one.
Action will resume this Thursday, with the Muskies facing Sunset in the early game at 6:40 p.m.
Revco then will face Arctic Cat at 7:30 p.m. while RBC and BDO will close things out with a showdown at 8:30.