Chargers vying for national berth Saturday

Teyon Scanlan's three pointer late gave the Chargers the lead in OT
Rusty Nixon
Sports Editor

Ancilla College needed overtime to dispose of pesky Muskegon 94-88 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12, District 9 semifinals on Thursday.
The Chargers (28-2) will meet Grand Rapids at 1 p.m. Saturday for the region championship and a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament.
“At this point in the year it’s just about surviving and getting to the next round,” said Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher. “There’s really a different feel to that first game when it’s one and done. We have all these freshman and Muskegon has a lot of sophomores who have been here before and they played their first game the other night and won. That experience really helped them early. I’m not sure, this may have been the lowest field goal percentage we’ve shot all year but I’m proud of our guys they battled and we got the win.”
Part of that pride for Butcher is the team’s devotion to defense.
“I don’t know a lot of teams that could survive the kind of night shooting we had and still win a game but we did that,” said Butcher. “We survive it because our guys keep battling and find a way.”
Teyon Scanlan did not have his best day of shooting, but his three-pointer with :33 left helped shut down Muskegon and propelled the Chargers to victory. Scanlan finished with 16 points.
“He (Scanlan) had a tough night but he hit some crucial three’s down the stretch,” said Butcher. “Jair (Rogers) had a hot stretch, Erick (Shepherd) was consistent and Tyler gave us a lot. Everybody had something to do with this win.”
Tyler Chisom hit free throws down the stretch and finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Jair Rodgers also scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebound. Erick Shepherd came off the bench to score 11 points and collected seven rebounds, while DK Fox added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The game sets up a rematch with a Grand Rapids team on Saturday that was one of only two teams to defeat the Chargers on the year.
“We feel good about that, I think our guys feel really good about that,” said Butcher. “I think they want a chance to get after them again. We’re happy it turned out this way.”
At Port Huron, Mich.
Muskegon (88): Daryl Kincaid II 5-18 2-2 13, Dylan Mulder 4-14 0-1 10, Aaron Veihl 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Boatman 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Smith 9-21 3-3 24, Sergio Diaz 8-23 2-3 20, John Ivory 1-1 0-0 2, Cameron Lamarre 0-0 0-0 0, Miquel Mahan 5-13 0-0 10,
DeQuaveon Stuckey 3-7 2-2 9. TOTALS: 35-97 9-11 88.
ANCILLA (94): DK Fox 4-11 2-3 10, Teyon Scanlan 5-14 2-2 16, Ty’Sean Sheppard 2-7 1-2 6, Tyler Chism 8-21 4-5 21, Jair Rodgers 6-21 4-5 21, Frank Felix 0-1 0-0 0, Erick Shepherd 5-12 1-2 11, Mike Green 3-7 2-2 9. TOTALS: 33-94 16-21 94.
Halftime: Ancilla 40, Muskegon 36. Three-point baskets: Ancilla 12-31 (Sheppard 1-3, Chisom 1-3, Rodgers5-12, Scanlan 4-10, Green 1-3) Muskegon 9-36 (Kirklan 1-7, Stuckey 1-2, Smith 3-9, Diaz 2-11, Mulder 2-6, Mahan 0-1,). Fouls (Fouled out): Ancilla 13 (none), Muskegon 16 (none), Records: Ancilla 28-2, Muskegon 14-15.
(Jim Cawthon contributed to this article.)