Three Rivers rode some hot shooting and a big night on the glass to a 64-50 win at Sturgis on Friday night in Wolverine Conference play.
Carson Charvat poured in a team-high 21 points and brother Gavin Charvat was right on his heels with 20 for a 1-2 punch Sturgis couldn’t counter. The Trojans’ Matt Polzin scored a game-high 21 points but the team was out of sync without point guard Brandon Wetzel and unable to match up with the Wildcats’ size.
The Wildcats — who outrebounded Sturgis 31-16 — knocked down 5-of-12 from behind the arc, and hit 54 percent from the floor as they built on a four-point halftime lead to put away the Trojans.
Carson Charvat hit three of those triples as part of a 21-point effort on 9-of-12 overall shooting, while also grabbing 10 rebounds. His brother Gavin chimed in with 20 points of his own, hitting 9-of-11 from the floor.
Also hitting double figures for Three Rivers was Jensin Blyly, who finished with 11 points, while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Eric Johnson (seven points,), Sam Hawkins (three points, three assists and three rebounds) and Tirell Hausmanis (two points and four assists) rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats and Max Chapman snagged two offensive rebounds.
The Wildcats led 20-16 after the first quarter, went into the half up 32-28, and led 48-38 after three.
Brecken Stewart scored 12 points for Sturgis, Tyrone Washington had six, Sam Leck and Collin Sheehan both finished with three, and Drew Murphy added two.
Sturgis, which has lost two straight after a 6-0 start to the year, was just 10-of-20 from the free throw line for the night, adding to its uphill climb. Three Rivers improved to 4-2.
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