'Cats Win Way Into GLIAC Tournament
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s basketball team needed a win or an Ashland loss to Hillsdale tocontinue with the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Well the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did their part by downing Grand Valley State 73-64 on Saturday afternoon at the Berry Events Center.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was also thefinal time two seniors would play in Marquette as Matt LePage and Ladi Kabatwould lace it up for the final time at home.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats finish theregular season at 13-14 overall and 8-10 in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Lakers fall to 18-9and 11-7 respectively.
NMU will face Ferris State University on Tuesday night(March 1), at 7:00 p.m., in Big Rapids in the GLIAC MenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s BasketballTournament.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be the fourth seed in the GLIAC North while theBulldogs will be the top seed in the GLIAC North.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Saturday the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats came out and acted like they were allbusiness.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the score tied at 10-all about seven plus minutes into the gamethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats ran off six straight points to take the 16-10 lead with 11:16 left inthe half.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marco Volcy had a dunk with 37 ticks left on the clock beforeintermission to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 12-point cushion at 33-21.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU held the lead the entire second half as the biggest leadwas 15 points which the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had four times.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ricky Volcy made a three-pointerwith 8:28 left in the game to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats one of their 15-point cushions.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With less than 1:30 left in the game Ryan Reichel made one of his two freethrows to ice the game for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats at 71-56.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
A total of five ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were in double-digits in the scoringcolumn.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Leading the way was M. Volcy with 14 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Brother, Ricky, added 12points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Noel, LePage and Jake Suardini all had 11 points each.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ M. Volcyalso led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the boards with nine rebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LePage added eightrebounds while Suardini had seven.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Noel added six steals in the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
For the game NMU was 21-47 from the floor for 44.7 percentwhich included 9-15 from the three-point line (60 percent).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats made 34trips to the free throw line and converted 22 of the throws for 64.7 percent.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU controlled the boards by out rebounding the Lakers 42-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had atotal of 12 offensive boards for the game and allowed the Lakers six offensiverebounds.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚