Looking at the Ludington boys basketball team’s remaining schedule, the Saturday matinee against Petoskey at Hawley Gymnasium figured to be among the toughest left.
It turned out to be quite the contest.
In a back-and-forth game, Ludington used a big fourth-quarter surge to come away with a 56-48 victory over a solid Petoskey squad and remain perfect on the season.
“It was a game of runs. Ludington led at halftime, 28-24, but Petoskey dominated the third quarter (by) outscoring the Orioles 19-6 to jump into the lead,” Ludington coach Thad Shank said. “The Orioles turned things around in the fourth. Levi Laman sparked the Orioles by scoring seven of his 11 points in the fourth.”
Ludington (11-0) used a 22-5 fourth-quarter scoring advantage to rally past Petoskey (7-3), which had built a 43-34 lead entering the final period.
Ludington outscored Petoskey 18-11 in the first quarter before the Northmen enjoyed a 13-10 edge over the Orioles in the second quarter.
Ludington junior point guard David Shillinger led all scorers with 16 points, followed by 6-foot-10 senior Matthew Westhouse with 12.
Caden Trudeau and Jimmy Marshall scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Petoskey.
Ludington has just one game scheduled in the coming week, hosting Orchard View Tuesday night (Jan. 17) in a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division contest.
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