CADILLAC — Basketball coaches discuss on a regular basis about having a brief reminiscence.

It is usually win or lose, too, as a result of the following sport is arising quick.

Within the season of COVID basketball, it is even faster.

Cadillac opened a stretch of 9 video games in three weeks because it beat Alpena 48-37 in a Huge North Convention boys basketball contest Tuesday night time.

The Vikings (3-2 general) play Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday for the following three weeks and that may take them as much as the ultimate week of the common season earlier than Division 2 district play begins on March 23.

With all of these video games, practices are fairly restricted.

“We do not actually have time to dwell on our errors,” Cadillac coach Ryan Benzenberg mentioned. “We now have one apply to try to appropriate some issues after which go play one other Huge North sport.

“We shouldn’t have one other set of days the place we have now multiple apply in a row till the tip of the season. It is COVID basketball and you have to have a brief reminiscence. We will benefit from the win tonight — it is a Huge North win in our residence opener. I believe everyone knows we did not play nice.”

Corrections are slowed down in practices, too. Usually, movie classes would supply solutions to what is going on on after which that might be labored on time and again in apply till it sinks in.

Not this yr.

“We get 120 minutes at apply (Wednesday),” Benzenberg laughed. “We have to deal with legs to ensure we’re not going too loopy.

“It is a whole lot of standing and correcting issues after which getting up and down a couple of times to make it work.”

Cadillac led Alpena 17-15 after the primary quarter and was up 29-26 at halftime. The Vikings then outscored the Wildcats 16-6 within the third quarter for a 45-32 going into the fourth.

Alpena did not cease, although, and acquired the deficit to seven at one level earlier than Cadillac salted it away.

Teegan Baker paced the Vikings with 13 factors and three assists whereas Evan Borr added 10 factors and 5 rebounds. Austin Abram additionally scored seven factors.

“I believed Teegan performed nice, clearly, with the 13 factors however I believed he managed stretches of the sport with some actually heady basketball,” Benzenberg mentioned. “He did a bunch of little issues defensively that the widespread particular person would not see however if you happen to break down the video, he was actually, actually good.

“I believed Brady (McLaurin) performed properly, too, and you’ll inform the sport is beginning to decelerate for him. I might wish to reward Evan together with his physique language. On the missed dunk, a yr in the past he would have been form of upset, annoyed and embarrassed and this time, he hustled down and for a steal on the very subsequent possession.”

Cadillac is at Traverse Metropolis Central on Thursday and hosts Midland on Saturday.

• Alpena gained the freshman sport 35-21. Connor Larr paced Cadillac with six factors and Chase Frolenko had 5.

• Cadillac gained the JV sport 40-29. Riley Wade paced the Vikings with 14 factors and Derek Rood scored 10.