Christmas break was all in the air for tonight’s contest vs Frankenmuth. The student section was dressed in Santa outfits all over the gym. The Chargers looked as if their Christmas break had begun before the game however. The Chargers shot abysmal in the first half. Frankenmuth plays a zone defense and forced the Chargers into a ton of outside shots which they didn’t connect on. Powers Catholic also piled up 10 turnovers in the first half which led to them scoring a season low 14 points in the first half. Frankenmuth led 21-14 at the half. The Chargers defense kept them in striking defense.
In the second half the Chargers offense would get rolling behind Senior Cole Malenich. Malenich made all 3 of his 3 point attempts in the third quarter to spearhead the Charger comeback. The Chargers scored 15 points in the third quarter but still trailed by 7 heading into the final quarter. In the 4th quarter the Chargers defense stayed the course. The Chargers tied the score on a Elijah Redds floater at 36 apiece with 5 minutes left in the 4th. A Frankenmuth 3 point basket would push them back ahead but Junior Luke Phillpotts would score the next 4 Charger points to give them a 1 point lead with just over a minute to play. After a Frankenmuth timeout they would answer with a 3 point play to put them back ahead 42-40 with 40 seconds remaining. The Chargers would miss on their next attempt and be subject to having to foul in order to get the ball back. Frankenmuth would miss the front end of a 1 and 1 and give the Chargers a chance to tie it. Owen Lobsinger brought the ball up the floor and found Cole Malenich for a wide open 3 point shot. Cole’s shot misfired and after a scrum their was loose ball foul sending Cole Malenich to the line with .5 seconds to play. After an official’s time out and them ruling Elijah Redds was the shooter instead of Malenich. Redds went to the line and calmly sank both free throws sending the game into OT.
In the OT the Chargers would take control. Redds scored the first points of overtime and Malik Seay steal and three point play would give the Chargers a 2 point lead after a Frankenmuth basket. The eagles received a technical foul due to slamming the ball down and Owen Lobsinger made both free throws to give the Chargers a 4 point lead. Frankenmuth had a few chances but the Chargers held on to win 56-51.
The Chargers were led by Lobsinger with 14 points and 7 rebs. Senior Cole Malenich had 11 points and 7 rebs. Phillpotts had 11 points and Redds had 10 points. Malik Seay had a game high 6 assist. The Chargers return to action in the Steve Schmidt classic game at Mott Community college December 27th at 2:30 PM vs Goodrich.