Lions Undefeated, Tigers Tame Coyotes, Pack Falls To Cardinals,
By N3 Sports Team
Newaygo 78 Central Montcalm 59
To paraphrase the words of the late sportscaster Stuart Scott: “Call them butter because they’re on a roll”
The Lions shook off a slow start on the road to rally past the Hornets and remain undefeated on the season.
“Our kids showed a lot of moxie after getting down in the 1st quarter, said Newaygo Coach Joe Barrette.
Central Montcalm jumped out to an 18-13 lead after one, but the Lion offense, a squad averaging over 70 points a game, started to...
... heat up in the second period firing in 19 points and holding the Hornets to just 8.
Coming out of the locker room with a 6 point edge after intermission the visitors showed no signs of cooling down as they poured in another 25 points to push their lead to 11. then kept their foot on the gas in the 4th pulling away and securing the win.
“It was a fun game to be a part of,” added Coach Barrette.”We enjoy playing as a team.”
Jamie Pike and Connor Swinehart led a quartet of Lion players finishing in double figures with 17 points apiece. Pike helped spark the 3rd quarter run firing in 9 straight points while CM went scoreless. Cameron Fisk hit for 14 to go with his team leading 13 boards and Morgan Manlick knocked down 11 points.. Swinehart also pulled down a dozen rebounds.
Newaygo is now 4-0 and sitting atop the standings in the CSAA Gold. Friday’s win sets up an early season showdown this Tuesday as Big Rapids also undefeated and loaded with many of the Cardinal players that came within a basket of last year’s state finals will be coming to Lion territory.
Should be a barnburner.
Grant 69 Reed City 53
The Tigers picked up a big win in Coyote country to even their conference record at 2-2.
“I am very happy for the boys,” said Tiger Head Coach Matthew McCorkle. “We have been stressing team basketball lately and tonight we looked like a true team. Everyone contributed towards the win with all eleven guys filling the stat sheet in one way or another.”
The first quarter saw both teams filling the hoop as the Tigers posted a 25-22 edge then in the second the squads cooled down on offense to hit intermission with Grant holding a 32-26 lead.
The Coyotes came out of halftime strong and fought their way back to knot the game at 43 apiece heading into the final frame but the 4th quarter proved to be all Tigers as the visitors took control and never let go outscoring their hosts 26-10 and picking up the CSAA Gold victory.
Shayne Gardner led a balanced Grant scoring attack with 15 points while Spencer Naffziger ruled the glass pulling down a team high 13 boards to go with his 11 points and 6 assists. Casey Geers and Gannon Carr reached double figures with 10 points apiece, Mike Frey hit for 7 and Tyler Naffziger added 6 for the Tigers.
“As always, we still have things to work on,” said Coach McCorkle. “We missed thirteen free throws which is way too many and we need to work on defending the perimeter better. Reed City made eight 3 Pointers and we absolutely cannot allow teams to shoot like that from the outside or we will not be as successful as we want to be.”
“Overall, I am pleased with the effort my guys gave tonight. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come as we enter the heart of the conference schedule.”
The Tigers (3-3,2-2) continue conference play Tuesday when they host the Warriors of Chippewa Hills (2-2, 1-2)
Big Rapids 64 Fremont 48
The Packers jumped to a 12-6 lead early on but the turnovers that would plague them all evening came to call and the Cardinals took advantage to finish the first quarter in a 13 all tie. The second saw Fremont fight their way to a 4 point edge but once again the turnover bug bit them and the hosts were able to build a 10 point margin by intermission at 33-23.
The undefeated Big Rapids team continued to take advantage of miscues in the second half and combined with their frequent trips to the charity stripe the Cardinals were able to hold the Packers off.
“We pulled within 6 with 3 minutes to go, but couldn't get any closer,” said Packer Head Coach Pete Zerfas. “ We never gave up, but 25 turnovers in the game combined with Big Rapids shooting 41 free throws,including 20 in the fourth quarter, was too much to overcome.”
Ryan Geeting led Fremont in scoring with 18 points.
The Packers are now 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in CSAA Gold play. On Monday they will travel to Montague for a non-conference tilt before resuming Gold play Tuesday when they will host Central Montcalm (2-4, 1-2).
Hesperia 43 WhiteCloud 31
The Panthers picked up their second win of the season against 4 losses and moved to 1-2 in the CSAA Silver play while the Cloud fell to 0-6 on the season and 0-4 in the conference.