Friday Boys Hoops: Tigers Make It 4 In A Row While Pack Wins, Cloud Falls
By N3 Sports Team
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Grant 70 Newaygo 59
In the latest chapter of this lengthy rivalry the Tigers came in riding a 3 game winning streak and facing a Lion team who have dropped two in a row.
Both streaks continued after Friday’s game when the visitors from just down M-37 launched into an early lead and managed to keep the Lions at a distance most of the game to secure the win.
“Tonight was another outstanding team win,” said Grant Coach Matthew McCorkle. “I am so proud of how the guys have been playing basketball lately.
“What really gets me excited as a coach is when I have multiple guys taking charges. Casey Geers took two charges and Shayne Gardner took one. It really shows...
...how much we want to win as a team when guys are sacrificing their bodies like that.”
Mike Frey led the Tiger offense with 15 points. Spencer Naffziger knocked down 14 to go with his team high 7 boards and also rejected 4 shot attempts on the defensive end.
Casey Geers hit for 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and Carter Chase, Marco Alvarez, and Shayne Gardner each accounted for 6 points.
Connor Swinehart led the Lions with 24 points and pulled down 9 rebounds and Cam Fisk ripped in 15 with 7 boards.
“We played hard tonight but unfortunately did not match Grants toughness,” said Newaygo Coach Joe Barrette.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Lions (3-3, 6-3) who will host the undefeated Cardinals Monday night in a make-up game. Grant (5-2, 6-3) who hold second place in the Gold will face Chippewa Hills (2-3, 3-3) in a makeup contest at home also on Monday.
Fremont 70 Tri County 23
The Packers came out and smothered the Vikings Friday night powering to a 23-7 lead by the end of the first and pushing their advantage to 36-13 by the half.
The Vikings who knocked off Newaygo earlier in the week, never got their offense going and Fremont jumped on the scoring opportunities to race ahead early. Ryan Geeting burned the nets for a dozen first quarter points on his way to a game high 18 on the night.
Riley Krim hit for 10 points, Ben Schmidt snared 9 steals to go with his 8 points and seven other players scored for the Packers.
Fremont (4-2, 6-4) will head to Whitehall Tuesday for a non conference match-up with the Vikings, while Tri County (2-6, 2-8) will look to get back on track at home in a crossover game with Holton of the CSAA Silver.
Morley Stanwood 66 White Cloud 41
The Mohawks (4-1, 8-1) kept pace with Kent City in the Silver race with a win over the Indians (1-4, 1-7).
Darrion Holland and Buck Seabrook led Cloud scorers with 10 apiece while Jordan Carter hit for 8 and Eric Plotts finished with 4.
“Eric Plotts had some great minutes off the bench,” said Indian Coach Bob Jones.
White Cloud will travel to Remus Tuesday for a CSAA crossover game with the Warriors of Chippewa Hills.