Almont’s Matthew Measel brings the ball up the floor as (L to R) Merrick Maris, Nathan Schenkel and Joshua Schornak pursue in Monday’s season-opener.

TRI-CITY AREA — Almont outscored visiting Dryden, 80-71, in a non-league varsity boys’ basketball matchup Monday.

It was the season-opener for both combatants.

In Monday’s matchup, Dryden grabbed a 19-16 edge after one quarter was over with.

Quarter two would see Almont collect 25 points and Dryden manage 16. That staked Almont to a 41-35 halftime cushion.

When the action resumed, Dryden bounced back with a 21-17 third quarter edge. That closed the gap to 58-56.

Almont then outscored Dryden by a 22-15 count the rest of the way, finishing off an 80-71 victory.

Joey Savel (21 points, including a pair of trifectas) and Blake Campbell (13) proved Almont’s toughest players to stop. They were backed by Logan Walton and Scott Pape (eight points, featuring a pair of treys, each), Charlie Koenig (eight, with a triple), Clayton Roszczewski (six, including a trifecta), Matthew Measel (six), Blake Cody (four, featuring a trey) plus Rich Rockey and Haden Lacavera (a triple apiece).

Jack Kaplan (30 points, featuring three trifectas) paced Dryden. He was given assistance in the scoring department by Jacob Burgess (13, featuring three treys), Joshua Schornak (eight, with a pair of triples), Merrick Maris (seven, including a pair of trifectas), Nathan Schenkel (six), Harry Atkinson (five) and Dylan Ledford (two).

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Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.