Bobcats split against rivals

The Munising Baptist Bobcats split a pair of games, defeating the Grand Marais Polar Bears 67-30 on Thursday, Jan. 12 and falling at home to the Delta County Knights 60-58 on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

It was another fierce and physical game in the H-58 rivalry, as hard rebounding and lots of movement on the small floor created lots of contact.

“It’s definitely a physical game at Grand Marais. You expect to be pressured,” said Bobcat Ryan Swift.

Munising pushed the ball quickly on the court, but garnered a lot of success on second-chance opportunities. The Polar Bears had some good giveand- go action from Ethan Bell and Gabe Lawrence, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bobcat o nse, with the road team establishing a 26-point halftime lead.

Staying diligent was a key factor for the Bobcats, especially with the rivalry in play.

“We still have to see it through as a complete game,” Baptist Head Coach Paul Johns said. “We can have the opportunity to play some younger kids once you get control of the game, but Grand Marais always plays us tough.”

Bell led all scorers with 22 points, but underclassman Johnny MacArthur led the Bobcats with 20 points. Swift added 18 while Lawrence had his second double-digit point night of the season with 11.

Unfortunately, the winning ways did not continue in their contest against the Delta County Knights in Munising. DC, another non-MHSAA school made of primarily homeschooled students, fought hard against Baptist, taking a 28-27 lead into halftime. DC’s leading scorer Bryan Caden fouled out early in the fourth quarter opening up an opportunity for the Bobcats to take the lead late, but two late steals flipped the score in the final minute.

Johns said the Knights were a similar looking squad, making it quite the contest.

“They’re a very similar team with them relying a lot on one person to run the o nse,” he said.

The Bobcats now sit at 4-4 on the regular season, 4-3 in Northern Lights League play. Munising Baptist will play its next two games on the road, facing the Paradise Rockets on January 20 and the Hannahville Eagles on January 23. The next home game for the Bobcats will be against the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears on January 24 at The Pit in Mather Elementary.