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Comebacks theme in men's hoops play


Despite the poor weather, each team had a full lineup and every victor completed comebacks Tuesday night in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action at Fort High.

In the first game of the night, Sunset Landscaping cruised to a 82-60 romp over the senior Muskies.

The black-and-gold came out with intensity and—using both a swarming defence on Josh Mastin, along with good outside shooting—jumped out to an early 17-6 lead.

But as the half moved on, they became worn down by the superior size of Sunset, who knotted it at 35-35 at the break.

Then in the second half, the slashing drives of Justin Anderson and inside work of Dustin Mowe (they combined for 22 points) proved too much for the Muskies.

Mastin, meanwhile, had a game-high 23 points for Sunset.

Aaron Bujold had the hot hand beyond the arc for the Muskies, draining four “treys” en route to a team-high 20 points.

The second game of the night featured the Revco Renegades against Arctic Cat.

In a back-an-forth battle that went right down to the wire, it was the Renegades who emerged with a narrow 56-55 win.

Both teams saw big leads disappear throughout the game, with Revco jumping out to one early.

But that soon vanished as Joey Theriault and Trevor Martin attacked the basket and made some nice buckets from in-close to give Arctic Cat a 10-point cushion as the first half wound down.

The Renegades pushed back hard in the final two minutes, however, and only were down 30-27 heading into the break.

Revco's Steve Windels wound back the age clock and was a beast on defence in the second half, making steals and dishing to John Sivonen, who scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the frame.

But Arctic Cat, which went almost eight minutes without a basket, fought back from a nine-point deficit and eventually tied things up with less than 30 seconds to go on Martin's “cool as ice” two free throws.

Taking the ball down the court after those made shots, Sivonen was fouled on his shot attempt and proceeded to sink one-of-two ensuing free throws with five remaining to secure the victory for Revco.

Theriault finished with a team-high 20 points for Arctic Cat, with Trevor Martin adding a season-high 12.

The final game of the night featured the undefeated RBC Lions trying to keep their perfect record intact against the BDO Ballerz.

In what was an intense game from the start, RBC remained unbeaten with a 51-46 victory in double overtime.

Both squads fought hard on defence while simultaneously struggling to score, but BDO eventually began to spread the ball around enough and took a surprising 21-19 lead at halftime against the league's highest scoring team.

The second half saw a frustrated Sam Soderman take a technical and a breather on the bench, which forced his team to continue to try to play catch-up against BDO.

But the break seemed to work for Soderman, who came back to more than triple his first-half score and dropped 22 points.

RBC had a slim two-point advantage with under six seconds left, which promptly vanished when Jeff Campbell was fouled on his last-second shot and then proceeded to drain both free throws to knot the score at 44-44.

In the first overtime, both teams traded buckets and the score remained tied at 46-46 heading into the second one.

In the second extra frame, Soderman was the only scorer—netting five points for RBC and leading them to a very hard-earned win.

Wally Tabash led BDO with 14 while Todd Richards chipped in with 11.

RBC now leads the league with a 9-0 record.

Sunset Landscaping (8-1) is right behind, with Revco in third at 4-5.

The senior Muskies sit in fourth at 3-6 while BDO is fifth at 2-7.

Arctic Cat (1-8) remains in the basement.

Only two more weeks of the regular season remains before the playoffs are slated to begin Feb. 20.

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