If looks could win a game, Suttons Bay would be on the bus back to Traverse City empty handed.Â ABT is upset about having to forfeit their title last year after it was discovered that they used an ineligible player.Â They have stormed back on a mission.Â Coach Michael Talley is 92-8 in four seasons at the helm.Â This season they are 24-2.Â Suttons Bay was 24-1 on the season and Coach Todd Hursey is 159-97 in 11 seasons.
The intensity level for this game was much higher than the Class D final.Â ABT liked to throw a quick outlet pass and run the floor.Â Half way through the first quarter, Melvindale was leading 7-2.Â Suttons Bay was playing tough even though they were not the best team on the floor.Â Marcel Smith was leading all scorers with seven points for ABT.Â At the end of the first quarter, Melvindale ABT was leading 14-9.
ABT tossed a lot of passes to start the second before they finally got a put-back bucket.Â The Norsemen kept battling and working to chop down the Gatorâ€™s lead.Â Â Both teams scored some points, got a few turnovers, and played some tough D.Â The Gators capitalized on the missed opportunities by Suttons Bay and were able to push the lead to eight.Â There was no arguing that both teams were working hard and battling for their lives.Â The score at the break was 29-14 in favor of Melvindale ABT.Â Yakimi Nobel, a 6â€™7â€ F/C led the scoring in the first half with 11 points.Â He also had seven rebounds.Â Three other players had five rebounds for ABT.Â Dwuan Anderson led Suttons Bay with six points and six rebounds.
With a 15 point lead, ABT came out with a defensive mindset.Â They traded buckets and a Michael Talley III steal pushed the lead even further.Â The Norsemen were in danger of falling too far behind if they didnâ€™t begin to rally.Â ABT kept the tempo fast and continually sprinted down the floor.Â At the midpoint of the quarter, ABT led 40-23.Â It was starting to get out of control for Suttons Bay.Â They were not scoring and you have to put up a bunch of points against a good team like Melvindale ABT.Â After three quarters, the score was 45-23 in favor of ABT.
Even though both teams were playing intensely, there wasnâ€™t a whole lot of scoring.Â Melvindale started moving towards a â€œstall and run the clockâ€ mode while Suttons Bay kept missing their shots.Â Suttons Bay forward Dwuan Anderson was a tough competitor, but couldnâ€™t get his shots to fall.Â It was easy to see that he was the best player wearing the red of Suttonâ€™s Bay.Â He had a monster alley-oop dunk and a nice drive for another two as the fourth quarter was winding down.Â Anderson had more intensity than the rest of his teammates put together.Â Though they made a run, ABT still had a 14 point lead with just over a minute to play.Â The stalling of ABT intensified and the Norsemen were forced to foul.Â When it was all said and done, Melvindale Academy of Business and Technology won the game 59-43.Â Noble led all scorers with 19 points.Â He also had 12 rebounds and an assist.Â Anderson scored 16 points for Suttons Bay and pulled down 12 boards.