Genesee at Webberville – – Boys Basketball – – The Bleacher Denizen – – January 31, 2022 – – by Chuck Krafft

Tonight, your Bleacher Denizen is covering a girls and boys basketball doubleheader in Webberville. Here is the play by play of the exciting girls’ game that came down to the final seconds!
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The Webberville Spartan boys bring an 8-4 record into tonight’s game. The Genesee Wolves are at 6-3.

The Webberville boys are led by Nate Lott, a four year varsity starter and 1000 point scorer. He is a player who really can’t be defined by statistics. He has phenomenal poise, fantastic body control and an amazing capacity for constantly making good decisions. He controls the ball most of the time and always gets it to the right place when needed. He can score on drives to the basket or shoot from the three point line. He is an aggressive defender on the perimeter and is tall enough to stop opponents in the post when needed.

Kolson Lycos gives the Spartans a second high octane player that is capable of scoring 30 points any night if his team needs it. He has incredible energy and is always a factor in things on offense or on defense. He has incredible defensive intensity and rebounds really well. On offense, he attacks the basket with incredible aggression. Anyone who dares to stand in and take a charging foul will undergo a formidable collision. He is a fine ball handler and passer who can also hit shots from the three point line.

Caleb Howard is a fine perimeter defender who slashes to the basket well. Tate Mills and Max Mills are fearless defenders, especially on the perimeter, who back down from no one. Riley Kingsley is a fine rebounder and scorer in the lane. Chase Abner is a tall guy who is quick enough to defend the perimeter and can also stop people in the post. On offense, he slashes to the basket well and can get hot from the three point line.

Genesee Coach Jack Gallery was generous with his time and information about his Wolves team. Alton Davis is a quick, athletic player who scores a lot of points; he actually gets his share of triple doubles. On defense, he can defend the perimeter or the post. His athleticism causes a lot of turnovers for his opponents. Levi Wheeler has a nice stroke from the three point line.

Maurion Fransioli is a fine defender on the perimeter who can also help out in the post. On offense, he attacks the basket well. James Winn is a good rebounder and defender in the post who brings a fine midrange shot to Genesee.

Your aging Bleacher Denizen (well, to be fair, he’s not quite as old as this song on his “Chuck Krafft” You Tube channel) – –
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Anyway, the Bleacher Denizen will relate the events of this game through the blurry, but eager lenses of someone who was never able to escape church league when he attempted to play basketball in medieval times. His career was ruined when the basketball rule makers refused to allow him to use a catapult to get his three point shots up to the basket. Some folks just don’t appreciate creative problem solving – – –

The referees and both teams ignore the Bleacher Denizen’s troubled past and Genesee wins the opening tap. Nate Lott knocks the ball away from Genesee and Max Mills picks it up for Webberville. Webberville misses a threeball from the wing. Caleb Howard is fouled on the rebound and hits two free throws to give Webberville the first two points of the game. Kolson Lycos steals the ball, hits a fast break layup and is fouled. He misses his free throw. With 7:23 to go in the first quarter, Webberville has a 4-0 lead.

Nate Lott gets the offensive rebound for the Spartans. Genesee blocks a Webberville shot; the ball goes out of bounds and the Wolves take possession. Max Mills steals the ball for Webberville. Nate Lott hits a fast break layup for the Spartans. Genesee misses an eight foot shot in the lane. Max Mills passes to Kolson Lycos, who is fouled on a layup and hits two free throws to give his Spartans an 8-0 lead with 6:34 to go in the first quarter.

Caleb Howard steals the ball for Webberville. Webberville misses an eight footer from the side of the lane. Genesee misses a threeball from the side. Webberville misses a layup. Genesee loses a pass out of bounds. Alton Davis knocks the ball away from Webberville and Maurion Fransioli picks it up for Genesee. Tate Mills and Caleb Howard put a suffocating double team on a Genesee ballhandler that forces the Wolves to call time out.

Genesee misses a driving layup. Kolson Lycos hits a driving layup for Webberville. Kolson Lycos knocks a Genesee pass out of bounds; the Wolves retain possession. Connor Rouse drives the lane and dishes to Levi Wheeler, who hits a layup to trim the Webberville lead to 10-2.

Nate Lott hits a layup for Webberville. Max Mills steals the ball for the Spartans. Nate Lott finishes a Spartan fast break with a putback. Kolson Lycos steals the ball and passes to Caleb Howard for a Spartan layup. Nate Lott steals the ball and passes to Caleb Howard for a Spartan layup. Genesee misses a twelve foot shot from the side. Maurion Fransioli gets the offensive rebound for the Wolves. Genesee misses a ten foot shot from the side. Caleb Howard hits a layup to give Webberville a 20-2 lead.

Maurion Fransioli hits a layup for Genesee. Chase Abner throws in a threeball from the corner for Webberville. Genesee misses a three point attempt from the side. Michael Croak gets the offensive rebound for the Wolves. Caleb Howard knocks a Genesee pass into the lane out of bounds. Genesee gets the ball back. Kolson Lycos’ frantic pressure causes Genesee to fail to get the ball in bounds in the required five seconds; Webberville takes possession.

Webberville misses a driving layup. Genesee loses a pass out of bounds. Connor Rouse steals a Webberville pass. Genesee misses an eight foot shot from the baseline. Michael Croak gets the offensive rebound for Genesee. Genesee is whistled for a traveling violation. Webberville misses a jump shot from the free throw line. Michael Croak throws a cross court pass to Levi Wheeler, who hits a three point shot from the side. Chase Abner is fouled on a layup and hits two free throws to give the Spartans a 25-7 lead with 1:04 remaining in the first quarter.

Genesee misses a layup. Nate Lott is fouled on a fast break layup and hits one of his two free throws for the Spartans. Caleb Howard snares the offensive rebound for Webberville. Webberville misses a driving six foot shot from the side of the lane. Genesee misses a jumper from the free throw line. Webberville loses a fast break outlet pass out of bounds. Genesee misfires on a threeball from the side. Max Mills passes to Nate Lott, who hits a three point shot at the buzzer for Webberville.

After one quarter, Webberville has a 29-7 lead.

Webberville inbounds the ball to start the second quarter. Kolson Lycos is fouled on a driving layup and hits two free throws for Webberville. Genesee passes the ball out of bounds. Webberville misses a twelve foot shot from the side. Kolson Lycos steals the ball for Webberville. The Spartans miss a layup. Maurion Fransioli passes to Brady McGregor, who hesitates to let the defense go by and hits a six foot shot in the lane to shave the Spartan lead to 31-9.

Webberville misses a three point attempt from the top of the key and two putbacks. Riley Kingsley finally finishes the possession with a putback for the Spartans. Riley Kingsley forces a Genesee traveling violation. Nate Lott makes one of those plays that only Nate Lott is likely to complete as he flips a basketball behind his head as he is flying away from the basket, banks it into the hoop and is fouled. He makes his free throw to give the Spartans a 36-9 lead with 5:58 left in the first half.

Genesee misses a three point shot from the corner. Chase Abner drives and dunks the ball for the Spartans. Max Mills gets his hand on the ball and Genesee loses it out of bounds. Nate Lott drives and hits a layup for Webberville. Genesee misses a three point shot from the side. Maurion Fransioli gets the offensive rebound for the Wolves. Genesee misses a three point shot from the wing. Kolson Lycos hits a fast break layup to give Webberville a 42-9 lead.

Genesee misses a driving layup. Webberville misses a dunk. Chase Abner gets the offensive rebound and passes to Kolson Lycos for a Spartan layup. Kolson Lycos knocks the ball out of bounds; Genesee retains possession. Kolson Lycos’ fierce defense leads to a Genesee traveling violation. Webberville misses a three point shot from the side. Kolson Lycos pulls down the offensive rebound for the Spartans. Webberville misses a layup. Kolson Lycos hits a putback to push the Webberville lead to 46-9,

Connor Rouse passes to Maurion Fransioli, who hits a layup for Genesee. Kolson Lycos drills a threeball from the wing for Webberville. Genesee misses a three point shot from the top of the key. Nate Lott hits a fast break layup for Webberville. Genesee misses a layup. Maurion Fransioli gets the offensive rebound for the Wolves. Drew Peckens knocks the ball away from Genesee; the Wolves are able to recover. Genesee misses a jump shot. Connor Rouse steals the ball for Genesee.

The Wolves miss a layup. The rebound goes out of bounds and Webberville gets the ball. The Spartans miss a five foot shot from the baseline. James Winn hits a layup for Genesee. Webberville misses a three point shot from the top of the key. Maurion Fransioli hits a layup for Genesee. Webberville misses a layup. Caleb Howard gets his hand on the ball, but Genesee is able to recover. Caleb Howard steals the ball as the halftime buzzer makes its presence known.

At halftime, Webberville has a 51-15 lead.

Maurion Fransioli has 6 points to lead Genesee and Levi Wheeler has 5 points.

Nate Lott and Kolson Lycos each have 17 points for Webberville. Caleb Howard has 8 points and Chase Abner has 7 points.

Webberville inbounds the ball to commence the third quarter. (Occasionally, your Bleacher Denizen likes to use high falutin’ words like “commence” in an attempt to appear literate.) Brady McGregor spends little time worrying about the Bleacher Denizen’s pretensions and steals a Spartan pass. Max Mills steals the ball for Webberville. Michael Croak blocks a Webberville fast break layup. Maurion Fransioli hits a fast break layup for Genesee. Webberville has a 51-17 lead.

Webberville misses a three point shot from the wing. Drew Peckens knocks the ball away from Genesee and Nate Lott picks it up for Webberville. Riley Kingsley hits a putback for the Spartans. Genesee misses a three point shot from the side. Brayden Cummings passes to Maurion Fransioli, who hits a three point shot from the side for Genesee. Brayden Cummings knocks a Webberville pass out of bounds; the Spartans retain possession. Caleb Lewis inbounds the ball to Nate Lott, who hits a layup to give Webberville a 57-20 lead.

Genesee misses a reverse layup. Nate Lott goes coast to coast to hit a fast break layup for Webberville. Genesee misses a three point shot from the side. Webberville misses a three point shot from the side. Riley Kingsley hits a putback to give the Spartans a 61-20 lead.

Genesee misses a three point shot from the side. Nate Lott passes to Max Mills, who hits a three point shot from the side for Webberville. Max Mills steals the ball for the Spartans. Webberville misses a shot. Logan Brown gets the offensive rebound for the Spartans. Webberville misses a three point shot from the corner. Genesee misses a three point shot from the wing. Riley Kingsley hits a fast break layup to give Webberville a 66-20 lead.

Genesee misses a three point shot from the corner. James Winn hits a putback for the Wolves. Webberville misses a three point shot from the wing. Genesee misses a driving layup. Webberville gets the rebound, but travels. Genesee misses a driving layup. Connor Rouse steals the ball and hits a layup for Genesee. Webberville misses a three point shot from the wing. Genesee reciprocates and misses a three point shot from the wing. James Winn gets the offensive rebound for the Wolves.

Genesee turns the ball over. Webberville misses a layup. Chase Abner blocks a Genesee layup. Tate Mills hits a fast break layup for Webberville. Kolson Lycos steals the ball and hits a layup at the buzzer for Webberville.

Webberville has a 70-24 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Webberville inbounds the ball and the fourth quarter gets started. Webberville misses a three point shot from the side. James Winn rebounds a Genesee miss and hits a putback for the Wolves. Brady McGregor steals a Spartan pass. Genesee misses a fast break layup; the rebound is tied up and Genesee gets the ball back. Connor Rouse passes to Maurion Fransioli, who hits a three point shot from the wing. Webberville misses a layup. Maurion Fransioli is fouled on a driving hook and hits one of his two free throws. With about 6:00 to play, Webberville has a 70-30 lead.

Webberville misses a three point shot from the wing. Brayden Cummings passes to a Genesee teammate, who is fouled on a layup and misses two free throws. Webberville misses a three point shot from the top of the key. Drew Peckens gets the offensive rebound for Webberville. The Spartans miss a three pointer from the side. Genesee misses a layup. Brady McGregor hits a layup for for Genesee. Logan Brown hits a putback for Webberville. Connor Rouse passes to Brady McGregor, who is fouled on a layup. Brady McGregor hits one of his two free throws. With about 2:55 remaining in the game, Webberville has a 72-33 lead.

Webberville misses a three point shot from the corner. The rebound is tied up and Webberville gets the ball back. Webberville misses a layup. Drew Peckens pulls down the offensive rebound for the Spartans. Max Mills passes to Caleb Lewis, who hits a three point shot from the corner to give Webberville a 75-33 lead.

Maurion Fransioli passes to James Winn, who hits a layup for Genesee. Webberville misses a three point shot from the corner. James Winn hits a putback for the Wolves. Webberville misses a three point shot from the wing. Brady McGregor passes to Connor Rouse, who hits a three point shot from the wing for Genesee. Caleb Lewis hits a three point shot from the side for Webberville. Genesee misses a layup. The clock runs out.

Webberville wins 78-40.

Maurion Fransioli led the Genesee scoring with 15 points. James Winn contributed 10 points. Connor Rouse, Levi Wheeler and Brady McGregor each scored 5 points.

Nate Lott led the Webberville scoring with 23 points. Kolson Lycos supported him with 17 points. Riley Kingsley joined his teammates in double figures with 10 points. Caleb Howard scored 8 points and Chase Abner added 7 points. Caleb Lewis tossed in two three pointers for 6 points. Max Mills had 3 points. Logan Brown and Tate Mills each tallied 2 points.

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