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Gull Lake basketball loses to Portage Central Mustangs

Senior point guard Dominik Mastromatteo dribbles the ball and looks to find a lane to attack. Photo by Parker Feraco

On January 23, Gull Lake hosted the Mustangs of Portage Central. Gull Lake coming into the game down after a four game losing streak, looked to start their season anew. With a dwindling amount of home games left in the season, the Blue Devils looked to give the home crowd a pleasing win.

Starting the first quarter, Portage Central won the tip. The game went back and forth with both teams making shots and having their fair share of turnovers. At the end of the quarter, the Mustangs were on top, 11-13.

Starting the second quarter, Portage Central got the first possession but Gull Lake came up with the stop to give themselves some momentum. Although, the Mustangs began to hit many of their shots and took a lead against the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils fought back and ended the half with a last second tip in from senior Tyler Crippen. The Blue Devils went into half down, 25-30.

“It was really close and watching it back on film I see that the refs made the right call. It was really key getting that tip in before halftime,” Crippen said.

Coming out of halftime, Gull Lake made the appropriate changes to their gameplan and came out ready to take it to the Mustangs.

Junior center Brandon Lee sets the screen for the ball handler. Photo courtesy of Parker Feraco

Starting the third quarter, Gull Lake got the first possession, and the momentum. Slowly chipping away at the Mustang lead, and wearing down the Mustangs, Gull Lake was able to take the lead at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, it seemed to be the Blue Devils that had lost all of their juice. Seeming sluggish, the Blue Devils let up the lead late in the game. With the clock ticking down, Gull Lake fouled a Mustang player. At the free throw line shooting two, the first one was missed. Sinking the second one, the Blue Devils were down three points. With time running out, Crippen shot a three to tie the game. Missing the shot, senior Jacob Gleason got the rebound and passed to sophomore Jacob Louden for another last second three to tie the game. Again missing, the Blue Devils fell short. The final score 43-46.

The Blue Devils are now 3-8 and on a five game losing streak. Looking to turn their season around, they host the Wildcats from Mattawan on January 26.

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