MT. PLEASANT, Michigan — The U-17 Mid-Michigan Lakers scored a solid victory over CMAS in their first game at the Up North Challenge on Friday. The Lakers led 9-0 early, struggled through the rest of the first half before pulling away to a 52-37 victory.
The team was led by JD Tisdale (Swartz Creek) and his game-high 20 points. The team as a whole turned in an excellent defensive performance in the second half, holding CMAS to only 16 points. The defensive effort was punctuated by a couple volleyball spike blocks by Zeshawn Jones-Parker (Lapeer West).
Markell Lukas (Flint Beecher, above) hit a huge 3-pointer in the second half that deflated the opposition and effectively put the game out of reach.
The U-17 team will play twice on Saturday: at 10:30 a.m. vs. Northern Exposure & at 6 p.m. vs. All- Michigan. Both games will be played at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant.