By Joseph Hayes
Make it six straight.
The Marine City boys basketball team are in a groove.
The defending Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division champions are on an extended win streak and continued their winning ways on Tuesday night.
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The Mariners latest victim was Lamphere, as they started strong and walked away with yet another conference victory, this time a 58-48 win.
Jack Kammer led the Mariners effort with a game-high 16 points. Johnny Mistretta scored 15 points for the Mariners, Angelo Patsalis added seven points, Colby Walker scored six and Aubrey Comment scored five.
“From the tip we had intensity,” Kammer said. “We match up and we have played together for so long, the intensity is already there.
“We have been playing since fourth grade together. The chemistry is there. If we get one stop, we start going on a run.”
Marine City jumped out to a fast start behind its defense. Lamphere failed to get into an offensive flow for the first several minutes of the game and that allowed the Mariners to establish themselves.
Marine City would take a 20-7 lead into the second quarter and also led 34-23 at halftime.
“We have team chemistry and mental preparation going into the game,” Mistretta said. “Once we shut a team down on defense, we all have the offensive skills to go on a run from there.”
Once the second half ensued, the Mariners continued their momentum. Lamphere struggled to find any offense, while the Mariners continued to pick up the pace.
Marine City would outscore Lamphere, 18-6, in the third quarter; to take a decisive 52-29 lead entering the final quarter.
“In practice we are all having fun because it’s a win streak,” Kammer said. “As long as we are winning everyone is having fun.”
After substituting most of its starters, Lamphere began to cut into the Mariners advantage midway through the fourth quarter.
But Marine City (4-0, 8-1) kept Lamphere at bay and closed out the game with a strong push.
“It all starts defensively,” Marine City coach Scott Hand said. “They all make a conscious effort in practice to focus on defense.”
“With five seniors, we don’t have big guys but we have quick guys and they have to use that to their advantage. They are starting to realize, they don’t always have to out-muscle, but they do have to out-hustle.”