Boys varsity basketball picks up huge win over Spring Lake 87-63


The Ranger offense was a fire fueled by the lights out shooting of senior shooting guard Ty George along with a team percentage of just over 55 percent beyond the arc. The high powered attack led FHC past the Spring Lake Lakers 87-63.

Tya�� himselfa�� knocked down six of the 14 threes made by the Rangers Tuesday night. His electric first half blasted momentum in FHC’s direction, finding themselves up by eight at the end of one, 27-19.

“We talked a lot about having a hot start and playing ahead instead of always playing from behind,” said Ty, who finished with 26 points on the night. “It was on me to set the tone and be aggressive early, and that’s what I did.”

Seniors Ryan Dunn and Matis Butlevics also contributed in the first quarter, Ryan with five points and Matis with a huge three to continue to push the Lakers away.

Not only was it a big night for the seniors, but the sophomores made major contributions throughout the night against a former regional finalist in the Spring Lake Lakers.

“To have two sophomores come in, being used to being the feature guy, it can be hard to adjust,” Ty said. “Mitch has been comfortable as of late and Jimmy just had his breakout game last night. The more guys we can have impacting us like last night, the better we’ll be.”

Mitch and Jimmy did just that. With a combined field goal percentage of over 50 percent, the sophomore added a unique and aggressive dynamic that this offense has been in search for in the early parts of their season. Jimmy was a rebound and two assists off from a triple double.

Senior Andrew Tebeau and junior Daniel Deindorfer also hit some big shots throughout the night; their impact, along with Jimmy, was felt on the boards. With a combined 17 rebounds for this trio out of the 30 total rebounds on the night, the Ranger big men handled two enormous forwards for the Lakers and held them in check all game.

“The past week without a game gave us a ton of preparation,” said Andrew, who also finished with 11 points. “We knew we had to get much more physical and that’s the biggest thing we worked on this past week. Honestly, I think that’s why we got this win.”

FHC takes this huge win over one of the best teams on their schedule to use it against arguably their toughest games all season: The Godwin Heights Wolverines.

They play fast. They shoot. They dunk. They are good.

“They’re an interesting team to watch,” head coach Ken George said. “They’re a tough team to lock down for too long. They trap a lot defensively, which could lead to a couple open shots but if you turn the ball over you will see them dunking on a fast break at the other end.”

Before their showdown with the Wolverines at Cornerstone Friday night, FHC will use their momentum from their win against Spring Lake.

“We just shot really well,” coach George said. “We were really aggressive early, feisty, and that led to a lot of great looks. Ty was really aggressive early on and we put lots of pressure on them with our D. The defense really lead to a lot of good looks beyond the arc. It was fun to coach this team when they were playing with as much physicality and passion as they were tonight.”