Johannesburg - Lewiston Varsity & JV Boys Basketball

2021-22 Hoops Season Recap - Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals

Gavin Bebble and Preston Marlatt named GHT Winter Hoops Male MVPs


6:00 p.m.
Cardinals fall in early season matchup
W 49-33
L 59-43
5:30 p.m.
J-L basketball adds big win before break
W 38-28 W 54-49
5:30 p.m.
@ MANCELONA L 42-26 L 62-38
1/4/22 Tuesday 6:00 p.m. VS. PELLSTON DNP W 71-41
1/6/22 Thursday 5:30 p.m. @ ONAWAY DNP L 60-55
1/11/22 Tuesday 5:30 p.m. VS. CHEBOYGAN L 37-26 W 47-45
1/13/22 Thursday 6:00 p.m. VS. CENTRAL LAKE - VARSITY ONLY DNP W 83-57
1/19/22 Wednesday 5:30 p.m. @ BELLAIRE W 46-29 L 50-30
1/21/22 Friday 5:30 p.m. @ GAYLORD ST. MARY'S
W 36-20 L 46-42
1/28/22 Friday 6:00 p.m. @ FOREST AREA - VARSITY ONLY

DNP W 79-26
2/1/22 Tuesday 5:30 p.m. @ INLAND LAKES W 55-39 W 53-32
2/3/22 Thursday 5:30 p.m. @ MANCELONA
J-L loses conference game to Mancelona
W 50-43 L 65-54
2/8/22 Tuesday 5:30 p.m. @ PELLSTON DNP W 69-56
2/10/22 Thursday 5:30 p.m. VS. ONAWAY L 52-46
W 59-42
2/16/22 Wednesday 5:30 p.m. VS. ELLSWORTH
J-L "peaking at the right time"
with victory over Ellsworth
W 54-30 W 43-40
2/18/22 Friday 5:30 p.m. @ CENTRAL LAKE 51-41 W 66-48
2/23/22 Wednesday 5:30 p.m. VS. BELLAIRE W 34-25 W 63-42
2/25/22 Friday 5:30 p.m. VS. GAYLORD ST. MARY'S W 53-31 W 60-43
3/1/22 Tuesday 6:000 p.m. VS. FOREST AREA (VARSITY ONLY) DNP W 84-38
3/3/22 Thursday 5:30 p.m. VS. ALCONA (SENIOR NIGHT) L 53-42 L 41-39
3/7/22 Monday 6:00 p.m. DISTRICT GAME AT HOME
J-L vs. Charlevoix
DNP L 56-47


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Gavin Bebble and Preston Marlatt named GHT Winter Hoops Male MVPs
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

GAYLORD/JOHANNESBURG - Gaylord-St. Mary's Gavin Bebble and Johannesburg-Lewiston's Preston Marlatt have been named as the 2022 GHT Winter Hoops Male MVP's for their play this season.

These two players stood out and were some of the best players in all of northern Michigan this season. They took on a majority of the offensive load for their teams and did so efficiently. Both players improved from last season and contributed in a variety of ways.

Bebble finished as his team's leading scorer, rebounder, and was the team leader in steals. He averaged over 20 points per game, while bringing down 6 rebounds a game, and forcing 3 steals per game.

The junior guard had to step up into a role he may have not known he would have to take coming into the year. With the team's leading scorer from a season ago, Brody Jeffers, out for the season it looked like the Snowbirds' chances were slim to win in the postseason. Bebble stepped up and took over that role admirably leading St. Mary to two postseason victories.

Bebble is an elite scorer with a picture-perfect stroke from behind the three-point line. He was far and away the best shooter on the team from a percentage standpoint and made over 30 percent of his attempts from deep which doesn't happen often for high school players shooting the volume that he did.

While taking on the grand majority of St. Mary's offensive responsibilities, it didn't keep Bebble from putting in maximum effort on the defensive end and on the boards. Bebble is a smaller guard but plays big and was always in the right position. His basketball IQ is impressive and so is his work ethic.

Bebble was also named the 2022 fall sports MVP for his impressive season as the Snowbirds' quarterback.

Preston Marlatt was as good a player as there was this season. When you watched the Cardinals play he just stood out right from the tip. With good size for a guard, Marlatt was able to dominate in a variety of ways.

Marlatt averaged 23.5 points per game and was also JL's leading rebounder with over 7 rebounds a game. There was no player throughout the season that could create shots as he did. When it looked like there was no space to get a shot off, Marlatt would step back and nail a contested jumper.

The senior guard was the main factor in the team's long winning streak at the end of the season. Coming off an injury, Marlatt took some time to get back to playing like himself, but when he did it was impressive.

Marlatt is another player with a picture-perfect jumper that has a great rhythm to his game. He is as athletic as anyone he played against and every team knew they had to stop him in order to win and often times they were not able to.

Other players that were deserving of recognition were St. Mary's Daniel Jacobson and Daniel Smith, and Gaylord's Luke Gelow and Brady Pretzlaff. The impact on their teams was felt throughout the season and their play was impressive.

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Hoops Season Recap- Johannesburg-Lewiston boys
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg-Lewiston's boys' basketball team had another strong season this year under head coach Troy Huff.

The Cardinals finished in third place in the Ski Valley Conference and put together one of their best months in recent history with a six-game winning streak in February. JL had a well-balanced roster with star power and depth.

JL season was a tale of two halves. The first half of the season was when the Cardinals were still trying to figure out their chemistry and five of their eight losses came in the first two months.

The second half of the season was when JL put it together and they won nine of their last eleven games. Huff did a nice job of playing to their strengths and once the team was healthy they took off. Each player was comfortable in their role and they became a very fun team to watch.

Once the Cardinals found their way it was senior Preston Marlatt that proved to be one of the best players in northern Michigan. His skills and leadership were the main factors in the team's late-season success. Huff's game plans allowed for Marlatt to be the main ball handler and create shots for himself or others.

Marlatt was the team's leading scorer and rebounder. He has good size for a guard and is as complete a player as there is in the area. He is an elite three-point shooter, ball handler, defender, and scorer. He positively impacted the team because of the attention that the opposing team had to provide to him. It opened up the floor for other players and he made everyone better.

The Cardinals also had strong contributions from seniors Logan May, Josiah Hall, RJ Korff, and Ethan Voss. May was the hustle and defense specialist. Hall could handle the ball or play off of it and is a talented scorer. Korff improved a lot and provided versatility with length and skill. Voss is a talented post player that provided space for his teammates with the ability to score inside.

JL faced a tough first-round postseason matchup against Charlevoix in the district tournament. Despite a 30 point output from Marlatt they lost and if they had played just about any other team in the district they probably would have had a good chance of advancing.

Despite the early exit, it was an impressive season for Huff's team. They came together and proved to be a really good team down the stretch.

The Cardinals finished the season 13-8 and 11-5 within the Ski Valley Conference.

JL will have to rebuild their roster next season with a majority of their minutes coming from seniors. Their impact on the younger players will set up the team for success in the future but it won't be easy for Huff to repeat the success that he had this past season.

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J-L "peaking at the right time" with victory over Ellsworth
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg-Lewiston boys basketball is putting things together at the perfect time. They won their fifth game in their last six contests by defeating Ellsworth 43-40 on Wednesday.

Ellsworth at Johannesburg-Lewiston:

The Cardinals are playing their best basketball of the season and it's happening just a few weeks away from the postseason starting. The Cardinals are also getting healthy at the right time which is always key down the stretch.

Wednesday night's contest against Ellsworth was a tight one, but the Cardinals prevailed. JL made a statement in their last game with a victory over the top team in the Ski Valley Conference in Onaway. They were able to carry that momentum into this matchup.

Senior Preston Marlatt continued to play at an elite level with a 14-point 15-rebound double-double. He also affected the game on the defensive end as he led the Cardinals with 4 steals.

Head coach Troy Huff was pleased with the way his team defended. Seniors Logan May, Cordel Campbell, and Josiah Hall were some of the defenders that stood out for their effort and ability to disrupt the Ellsworth offense all night.

Hall was also effective on the offensive end as he finished with a team-high 15 points. Senior Ethan Voss also contributed an impactful effort with 7 points and 8 rebounds.

"We are running really well in transition," Huff said. "We are getting those extra looks and knocking those shots down. We are peaking at the right time, honestly. We are gelling and have developed in the last four or five games. We are making good decisions and playing with a lot of hustle."

The Cardinals have shown that when healthy they can compete with some of the best teams in the area. They have a ton of experience and a few stars that can make big shots.

JL is back in action on Wednesday with a home game against Bellaire. The Cardinals have won the first two games of a six-game home-stand. JL is now 9-6 (6-5) with three conference games remaining and four overall.

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J-L loses conference game to Mancelona
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

MANCELONA - It was a strong effort from the Johannesburg-Lewiston boys basketball team, but they fell 65-54 on Thursday night to Mancelona on the road.

The Cardinals hung around and just as it seemed that Mancelona would pull away, JL would hit a big shot to get them back into it. Head coach Troy Huff had his team playing hard until the very last whistle.

JL was missing a key cog in their machine as senior Ethan Voss did not play due to injury. His absence put an extra burden on some of the JL scorers to step up and they did.

In the first quarter, the offense struggled to get going for both sides. Marlatt scored 5 of his team's 7 points and Mancelona took an 11-7 lead. Marlatt also contributed 4 rebounds and a steal in the period. JL shot just 23 percent from the field and turned the ball over eight times.

The second period was much better for the Cardinals. They outscored Mancelona 16-15 and senior Josiah Hall carried the offensive load scoring 9 points. Hall was automatic from the free-throw line in the period hitting all four of his attempts. He and Marlatt brought down 3 rebounds as well.

Defensively, sophomore Thomas Fox had a strong showing as he recorded 2 steals. JL out rebounded Mancelona 11-6 and got their shooting percentage up to 36 percent. The Cardinals headed into the locker room trailing 27-23 after Hall knocked down a three-point heave at the buzzer to narrow the deficit.

The third quarter featured some high-level offense from both teams. JL had a big period from Marlatt as he dealt with some foul troubles in the first half. Marlatt scored 9 points in the Cardinals' 20-point third quarter, but Mancelona matched their mark putting up 23 of their own.

Hall and seniors RJ Korff and Logan May scored the additional 11 points with great efficiency and JL shot 54 percent from the field. Fox brought down 4 more rebounds and also contributed 2 assists in the period. JL was over matched in the paint without Voss, however, and Mancelona's 23 points featured 18 of those scored in the paint.

Mancelona slowed things down in the fourth quarter to run the clock and the Cardinals ran out of time. Hall and Marlatt fought till the end scoring 9 of the team's 11 fourth-quarter points, but Mancelona finished the Cardinals off with a 16 point effort.

Marlatt led the Cardinals in scoring with 20 points and Hall had 18 in one of his best nights of the season so far. Korff was the only other scorer in double figures as he had 10. Marlatt also added 10 rebounds to secure a double-double. Fox was used as the main facilitator with a team-high 4 assists.

The Cardinals were led defensively by Hall and Fox who combined for 5 steals. JL's perimeter defense was strong as Mancelona shot just 14 percent from deep compared to the Cardinals' 28 percent. Another area where JL had an advantage was at the free-throw line. The Cardinals made 75 percent of their 16 attempts while Mancelona made just 42 percent of their 19 attempts.

JL is now 6-6 (5-5) and their season continues to stay around the .500 mark. The Cardinals fall four games behind Onaway for the top spot in the Ski Valley. JL has another road conference test on Tuesday against Pellston in their next matchup.

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J-L basketball adds big wins before break
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg-Lewiston boys and girls basketball teams both notched wins this past week to get bring momentum into the winter break. The boys' team defeated Inland Lakes on Wednesday 54-49. The girls' team defeated Onaway 46-38.

For the boys, it was a close game due to the hot shooting from both sides. Inland Lakes had their three-point shooting dialed up, but J-L was ready for the challenge.

Preston Marlatt led the Cardinals with 25 points to keep his all-conference type season going. Marlatt has led the Cardinals in each of their games to start the season as he continued to shoot the ball well from outside, while still staying aggressive and getting to the basket. He also had over 10 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season.

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Home of the Cardinals!

Cardinals fall in early season matchup
By Andrew Fish ~ The Petoskey News-Review

GAYLORD - Johannesburg-Lewiston and St. Mary got their boys basketball seasons underway but both took a loss in their opening game.
J-L lost their opening game 43-59 and St. Mary lost 46-67.

For the Cardinals, their loss came at the hands of Tawas on the road on Wednesday night. The final score is a bit deceiving as J-L was right in it until the
final quarter as they had times in the second half when it was tied or within single digits. Tawas was able to knock down four three-point shots in the final few
minutes to put J-L away.

Tawas had a distinct size advantage over the Cardinals that they were not able to overcome. The Cardinals will have to get used to seeing bigger
teams in the future and playing bigger than the size listed on their roster. Boxing out is an emphasis for this team every game and head coach Troy Huff
felt they could have done a better job of that.

Senior Preston Marlatt led the Cardinals in scoring with 15. Marlatt's offensive versatility was a bright spot for J-L as he made shots from all over the court.
Despite double teams being thrown his way, he was able to stay poised and get baskets to keep the Cardinals in the game.

"We are just trying to find out chemistry," Huff said. "We don't have a bruiser down low like we have had in the past.
We limit them to fewer rebounds and we probably beat them."

The Cardinals will look to bounce back against Inland Lakes on Wednesday night as they play in their first home game of the season.

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Updated 10/16/22