By Blake Froling
The Heritage Hawks had an upset on their minds, but Joe Ostrowsky and Mason Wojtusik got in the way. Mount Pleasant (15-0, 7-0) used a fourth-quarter push to beat Heritage (8-6, 4-2) on the road 64-51.
Mount Pleasant stays unbeaten thanks in large part to the sweet shooting of Joe Ostrowsky (@jo_ostrowsky1). He finished with 15 points and four 3-pointers in the win over Heritage. pic.twitter.com/Le50yuWgry— ESPN 100.9-FM (@ESPN1009) February 15, 2020
Both teams used zone defenses to start the game and it confounded both offenses. Neither team caught a rhythm and Heritage held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
Mount Pleasant started to adjust in the second quarter thanks to the play of senior Alec Mills. The 6-6 senior planted himself on the free-throw line and scored all six of his points in a quick stretch of the second quarter, helping the Oilers tie the game at 23 going into halftime.
The third quarter turned into the Joe Ostrowsky show. He orchestrated the Mount Pleasant offense and hit two back-to-back 3-pointers from beyond NBA range to extend the Oilers lead. It looked like Mount Pleasant was about to put it away when Heritage’s Cade Beall made three triples to bring the Hawks within two, 42-40, after the third.
If Ostrowsky owned the third, Mason Wojtusik and Tyler Huenemann owned the fourth for Mount Pleasant. Wojtusik attacked the basket and scored seven of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Huenemann, a Havard football commit, used his massive frame to dominate the boards. He scored eight of his 12 points in the final eight minutes to help hold Heritage off.
Mount Pleasant has a week off before heading to Saginaw for a potential SVL North-deciding game on Friday the 21st. Heritage heads to Bay City Western on Tuesday.
Mount Pleasant Final Stats
Mason Wojtusik: 17 points
Joe Ostrowsky: 15 points
Tyler Huenemann: 12 points
Tyrone Rios: 8 points
Alec Mills: 6 points
Jack Payton: 6 points
Heritage Final Stats
Christian Dobis: 20 points
Cade Beall: 15 points
Parker Day: 10 points
Evan Booker: 4 points
Quinn Konuszewski: 2 points