Neer’s acrobatics help Boyne City boys bounce back in LMC top Grayling

BOYNE CITY – Usually it’s the big dunks that ignite a home fan base and get a team going.

But Jack Neer isn’t much of a dunker.

“No,” Neer said with a laugh, shaking his head. “Unfortunately not.”

The six-foot-tall guard for Boyne City’s boys’ basketball team has found another way to start the Rambler gym, which he fully showcased at Boyne’s Lake Michigan Conference meeting with Grayling Thursday in Boyne City.

On multiple occasions against the Vikings, Neer gave the Rambler fanbase and bench something to cheer – or be amazed – about, helping to build a sizable lead in the second half and eventual a 62-48 win. .

Down put a few exclamation points to victory in the final minutes of the game with back-to-back acrobatic layups through and around defenders, leaving everyone who saw them wondering one thing: how?

Believe it or not, he actually practices them.

“I just sit under the rim and tap (the ball) sometimes, decide the spin and what not,” he said.

Boyne City's student section reacts to one of Rambler basketball player Jack Neer's acrobatic layups during the second half of Thursday's game against Grayling.

And he loves it when the ball kisses the top of the glass and gently goes through the net as well as the crowd.

“It feels great,” he added. “It feels great in my stomach, the butterflies are going.”

Neer’s 16-point night for the Ramblers came as one of the few big appearances for the Ramblers, with Jacob Johnson getting Boyne going with a great first half and Alex Calcaterra collecting the Ramblers from the break.

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