Despite falling completely flat in the second quarter, the Sturgis varsity boys basketball team turned up the heat in the fourth quarter to survive Monday’s road trip to Battle Creek Harper Creek, 46-43.
The Trojans led the non-league contest 26-24 at halftime before being nearly shutout in the third. Harper Creek outscored Sturgis 9-2 in that period before the Trojans erupted for 18 in the fourth, which included seven of Drew Murphy’s team-high 13 points.
Murphy went 5-of-6 at the free-throw line and knocked down a shot in the final frame. Brecken Stewart scored 11 points, Sam Leck had 10, Thomas Kurowski and Zach Chapman both finished with five, and Dalton Smith had two.
“Fortunate that we came out with a win,” Sturgis coach Keith Kurowski said. “Fourth game in seven days and it showed — we were out of sync all night. (Harper Creek) came ready to play. Sam played well down the stretch and Drew had a solid game for us — loved his effort. We weren’t at our best and still found a way to win.”
Photos by Eric Wynes