Thursday, December 11, 2008

HOOPS: Mt. Pleasant vs. Bay City Western

**Trey Zeilger goes up for a dunk**
**Sophomore Tyler Ellis on a fast break**
**Trey Zeigler finished with 34 points**
**Western's Corey Arnold tries to avoid Zeigler**

Auburn- Michigan is loaded with talent across the state, but nobody gets it done on both ends of the floor like Mt. Pleasant's Trey Zeigler does and the 6-5 junior guard made that statement very evident as he led his Oilers to a 63-41 win over Bay City Western.

Zeigler's first big play came, on Western's first field goal attempt, when Zeigler pinned a lay-up attempt against the glass. Offensively Zeigler was insatntly doubled teamed, so he just kicked it out to his teammates for wide open shots and a 5-0 lead. Zeigler's first points came off of a tip back, and the next trip down the floor Zeigler knocked down a 3-pointer for a 12-1 lead. Western's Corey Arnold connected on his own 3-point attempt to keep Western in reach at the end of one quarter, as Mt. Pleasant led 16-6.

For the remainder of four quarters Western had no answer for Zeigler. Every time Western did something good or made a play, Zeigler just answered back with a basket of his own or a big play defensively. The Oilers led 29-18 at the half and 48-30 after three quarters.

Western has some solid guard play but that's about it, they lack depth and guys who can make their own shots. Western might be in a for a long season in the SVL.

As far as the Oilers are concerned they have the state's top player, but others will need to be consistent night in and night out. I give Zeilger a ton of credit because he is patient with his team and does a wonderful job of coaching them up on the floor, he understands they weren't blessed with his God given talents and he does what he can to make them better.

PLAYER OF GAME- Trey Zeilger, Mt. Pleasant, 6-5 guard- Trey finished with 34 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assist, and 3 blocks. Defensively he completely took away the smaller but faster Arnold, Western's point guard. Zeigler scored with dunks, 3-pointers, and variety of mid-rage jumpers from every angle.


Corey Arnold, Westen, 5-11 PG-
Arnold is a scrappy blue collar type player. He's a good athlete with solid speed. He can get to the basket normally but Zeigler took that away and forced Arnold into a tough shooting night, still finished with 10 points.

Tyler Ellis, Western, 5-9, PG- a sophomore starter for Western. Solid handles and a good shot but just needs to get stronger in time. Did a good job of taking care of the ball.

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