Mio came out of the gates red-hot. Alcona staggered out of the gates.

As a result, the Tigers lost their homecoming game against the Thunderbolts 75-40 last Friday.

The Alcona varsity boys basketball team trailed by 20 points after the first quarter in the North Star League Big Dipper game and never seemed to get going.

“We came out flat and we were outgunned in the first quarter,” said head coach Ryan Bilbey. “We played better in the second half but made way too many mistakes to compete against a team as skilled as Mio. Hats off to them, they shot the ball very well and played excellent defense.”

The Bolts jumped to a 28-8 lead after the first quarter and rolled to a 48-18 advantage by the half.

In the third quarter, Dominic Howe buried a three and Aidan Wrobel netted four points, though the Thunderbolts pushed further ahead to 67-27 entering the fourth. Wrobel made seven more points in the fourth quarter as Alcona had its best offensive frame.

Leading the way on offense in the setback was Wrobel with 19 points. Gavin Walker netted six points. Dominic Howe chipped in with five. Robbie Barbato and D.J. Howe added four each and Mason Clark put in two.

On Tuesday, Feb, 4 Alcona notched an NSL Big Dipper win at home against Whittemore-Prescott, 71-65.

“It was kind of a tale of two halves,” Bilbey said. “We played aggressive and shot the ball well in the first half. Dana Thorson showed why he’s an elite scorer in this area and he took over in the third quarter scoring 16 points while we struggled to score in the third. We played better in the fourth quarter and showed perseverance.”

In a high scoring opening frame, Alcona scored a pair of threes and 10 total points by Dominic Howe, with Wrobel adding eight points and Barbato also hitting a three, all to give the Tigers a 27-18 lead after one.

The second frame saw the offense slow down some, but Wrobel and Jacob Sytek netted four each to put the lead to 45-28 at the half. The Tigers managed just nine points in the third quarter, as W-P pulled within 54-51.

D.J. Howe hit a key three in the fourth quarter and the Tigers canned seven free throws down the stretch to finish off the win.

Leading the way was Wrobel with 19 points. Dominic Howe poured in 18 points. Sytek finished with 11. D.J. Howe was good for seven. Mason Clark notched six, Gavin Walker put in four, Barbato had three and Nick Rassmussen chipped in with two.

Alcona (6-8 overall, 2-4 NSL Big Dipper) was at Oscoda on Tuesday and hosts Rogers City on Friday, Feb. 14.