Lions Romp, Tigers Defeat Pack, Bulldogs Best Cloud
By N3 Sports Team
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Newaygo 88 Tri County 39
The Lions reached halftime with a 22 point lead then piled it on with a 29 point 3rd quarter to send the Vikings home still searching for their first win of what has been a long season for Coach Josh Delamater’s squad. The game was a preview of the District Tournament semi-final which will feature the two teams competing to see who would advance to the trophy game.
"We played with a lot of confidence, and confidence is a great thing,” said Coach Joe Barrette on his team’s performance.
Jamie Pike lit it up in the second half firing in 6 from beyond the arc to finish with a team high 19 points. Cam Fisk put together another...
...solid performance as he knocked down 18 points while peeling an even dozen boards of the glass.
Two other Lions reached double figures in scoring with Mich Karrip hitting for 15 and Jacob Polasek adding 12.
Newaygo (6-7, 9-9) will finish their CSAA Gold season Friday when they travel 5 miles south to renew their age-old rivalry with Grant.
Grant 49 Fremont 43
While Big Rapids locked up the conference title Tuesday Grant laid their claim to the second spot with their win over Fremont.
The Tigers inched ahead in the first quarter and though the Packers stayed close they were unable to get the lead or pull even through the rest of the game.
“Grants pressure hurt us as we turned the ball over 20 times,” said Fremont Coach Pete Zerfas.”There is no way we can beat a team that plays as well as Grant if we turn the ball over 20 times."
“There are three things that always give you a chance to win....1. take care of the ball...2. Rebound...3. Make free throws. We only did one well tonight (rebounding). Luckily for us we get to see them again in the first round of Districts and get another chance.”
Grant Coach Matt McCorkle while happy to get the win was less than ecstatic about his team’s performance.
“Tonight was a tough win. Fremont is a very disciplined team defensively and Coach Zerfas has his 2-3 zone dialed in. I thought we were poor defensively, did not do a good job of stopping the ball early in transition and allowed too many layups.”
“ We looked sluggish the first half and had zero energy. I'm not sure if that was a byproduct of a bunch of our kids being sick and coming back from the flu and colds or whether we weren't focused on the task at hand this evening?”
Spencer Naffziger led the Tiger scoring attack with 16 points and pulled down a team high 7 rebounds as well. Carter Chase and Trent Throop hit for 6 points apiece. The Pack got 14 points off the hands of Riley Krim and Ryan Geeting hit for 11 despite being in foul trouble much of the game.
““With it being senior night, I know Fremont didn't start the game with their usual starting five,” added Coach McCorkle. “ I know we can expect another grind it out affair on March 6 (opening round of District Tournament play). Should be a good one. It's a shame it's the first round game and not the semifinals or finals.”
Grant (11-2,13-4) will host Newaygo Friday night and Fremont (9-4, 12-6) goes on the road to Tri County to take on the winless Vikings.
Ravenna 71 White Cloud 39
The Bulldogs broke their 6 game losing streak while extending the Indians’ slide to 9 games in their non conference game Tuesday.
Andy Newfer led the way with 11points. With Buck Seabrook hitting for 7and Darrion Holland adding 6.
White Cloud (1-8, 1-15) will visit Morley Stanwood Friday. A Mohawk win will give them the Silver title outright.