Friday seen another Old Big 9 rivalry renewed. Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s Powers and Grand Blanc always were big time rivals. With Grand Blanc entering the Saginaw Valley for the first season it seems the teams will renew some of those entertaining contest. Grand Blanc was a preseason favorite to make a run at the Class A championship this year. The Chargers have their own sights set on postseason success.
As the game started out it was a back and forth affair. Powers struck first with Elijah Redds scoring the first points of the contest. Freshman Tye Rodgers for Grand Blanc got them going early scoring 6 first quarter points. The Chargers took at 10-9 advantage to end the first period. Rodgers and Powers Catholic sophomore Owen Lobsinger play AAU together and Lobsinger seemed to be pressing a bit. Lobsinger didn’t get his first basket until early in the second quarter. Grand Blanc’s trapping defense bothered the Chargers a bit forcing some turnovers but Powers Catholic played pretty solid controlling the tempo of the game in the first half. Rodgers was the bright spot for the Bobcats in the first half. Powers Catholic led 21-20 at the half.
To start the second half the Chargers came out firing on all cylinders. Senior Cole Malenich hit 2 3point shots to extend the Chargers lead 27-22 early in the third. Grand Blanc would answer with a 10-0 run themselves capped by a Cedric Givens 3 point field goal. Grand Blanc would take a 36-33 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Both teams would exchange blows throughout the quarter. Phillpotts layup put the Chargers up by one and Grand Blanc answered with Rodgers baskets. This game was a battle to the finish. Kevin David Rice three point play proved to be the big basket which gave Grand Blanc its largest lead of 7 late in the 4th. Grand Blanc held on for a 50-44 win.
Powers Catholic was led by Luke Phillpotts who had 7 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Owen Lobsinger had 13 points but 4 turnovers. Cole Malenich had 9 points on 3 three point field goals. Grand Blanc was led by Cedric Givens who had 18 points and Tye Rodgers who had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assist. The Chargers will return to action Saturday in the GottaGetIt Classic back at Grand Blanc High School. The Chargers take on Detroit Douglass at 4:00 PM.