The first slate of games in the new year saw stellar play by a few guys, and some tough games for others, in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.
Opening the night was a battle between the BDO Ballerz and the Muskies.
While it's been a long time coming, BDO put together a two-game winning streak in pulling off a convincing 68-49 win over an undermanned Muskie team that only could field four players.
Down 9-2 early, the Muskies (2-5), led by Kobi Ward's 24 points, went on a 12-0 run to lead 14-9 before starting to tire out and finding themselves down 33-28 at halftime.
In the second half, the Ballerz (2-4-1), led by Jeff Campbell, went on a three-point shooting tear in connecting on five-straight “treys” while their defence stopped all Muskie attempts.
Campbell led BDO with seven “threes” and 23 points on the night while Jordan Lav added 16 points.
The second game had the undefeated RBC Lions looking to keep their perfect season in order against Arctic Cat.
This was a game to remember, not so much for the final score but for arguably two of the strongest individual performances the league has seen in the same game for a long time.
With RBC being undefeated for the season and Arctic Cat on a four-game win streak, the game looked like it would be close one.
And it was—at least for the first 25 minutes.
Down 29-22 at the half, Justin Anderson scored six quick points to start the second half to bring Arctic Cat to within a basket.
But continued impressive play by Sam Soderman driving the basket, and a huge number of turnovers by Arctic Cat, led to a 15-0 run by RBC that put the game out of reach as they improved to 7-0 with a 68-45 win.
Anderson, who played with incredible heart and skill, truly honoured his brother Will's memory on what would have been his 24th birthday by putting up 41 of Arctic Cat's (4-3) 45 points, including all their second-half points.
He literally carried his team, with the support of Trevor Martin's four points.
Soderman ended the game with an impressive 40-point performance for RBC while Brady Jensen had 16 points and an untold number of assists.
The final game of the night saw Sunset Landscaping square off against the Revco Renegades.
With a number of players either off on travel, work, or injured, Sunset Landscaping's top point-producing duo of Josh Mastin and Cody Johnson were given a few of Revco's extra players so they could field a team.
The resulting game was a workout for both teams as they had few subs. But in the end, the shooting and driving of Mastin and Johnson, and their combined 45 points, led Sunset (3-3-1) to a 64-51 victory over Revco (2-5).
Bradley Wardas continued to lead Revco offensively, putting up 23 points in a losing effort.
Next week's games will see the Muskies tangling with Arctic Cat in the early game at 6:40 p.m.
BDO then will take on Sunset Landscaping at 7:30 before Revco tries to hand RBC its first loss of the season at 8:30.