Powers Catholic came into Friday’s Lapeer contest in unchartered territories. The Chargers had seemingly looked pretty convincing in some of their wins this season. The Chargers started off the season with a win vs this same Lapeer team. Lapeer had won 5 straight games heading into this contest. This was the first game Powers Catholic would play vs a team they had faced earlier in the season. Early on in the game both teams saw empty possessions not result in points. Powers Catholic got going by two Gabriel Avery baskets to build a 4-2 lead. The Chargers saw 5 players get into the scoring column in the quarter and the Chargers built a 23-4 lead. In the second quarter the Chargers defense continued to be the difference in the game. The Chargers ability to push Lapeer into turnovers proved costly for the Lighting. Powers Catholic led 37-12 at the half.
The third period began and the Chargers kept pushing the envelope forward. Back to back Charger baskets by Avery and Evan Reckowski started off the quarter for the Chargers. Powers Catholic would however give up its first double digit scoring quarter with Lapeer scoring 12 points in the quarter. The Chargers led 53-24 heading into the final period. In the final period the Chargers defense continued to force the Lighting into miscues. Late in the quarter after a steal and dunk by junior Erick Coffey the Chargers stretched its lead to 66-29. The Chargers held Lapeer to another single digit quarter and that proved to be the difference. The final score was Powers Catholic 70-29 over Lapeer.
The Chargers forced a season high 30 turnovers in the contest. Powers Catholic would outscore Lapeer 26-2 on fast break points and scored 40 points in the paint. The Chargers were led by Noah Baylis who had 16 points and 4 assist. Owen Lobsinger had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Luke Phillpotts had 9 points and 5 rebounds. The Chargers will return to action on Tuesday vs Class C power Detroit Edison at Goggins Fieldhouse January 28. Tip off is at 7:00 PM.