Packers Hand Lions First Loss
Tigers, Cloud Post Wins
By N3 Sports Team
Fremont 64 Newaygo 57
In a classic seesaw battle these two teams went at it with a furious pace from tip off to final buzzer and when the dust had cleared it was the Packers who prevailed over previously unbeaten Newaygo.
Ben Schmidt opened the scoring and was answered by a Mitch Karrip triple and a bucket by Riley Davis who also drew a foul and converted to make it 6-2 early on. A couple of miscues and errant passes gave Fremont the opportunity to make a run and push to a 15-8 lead before Lion Coach Joe Barrette...
...called a timeout to settle his squad. After the respite Morgen Manlick and Jacob Polasek ripped the nets from beyond the arc and when the quarter ended Fremont held a 20-16 lead.
The Lions took control early in the second firing in 12 straight points before Logan Karnemaat hit for 2 to end the drought after 3 ½ scoreless minutes. From there Sam Kaastra, Cooper Kukal and Schmidt tallied points on the Fremont side while Cameron Fisk scored all 9 of the Lion points before intermission including canning 4-4 from the line and the teams went to break with the visitors in front 37-34.
The second half saw the lead change hands twice before being tied at 44 then Ryan Geeting hit two in a row to give the Pack a lead they would hang onto the rest of the game. Newaygo fought back to within a point by the end of three. But an 11-2 run to begin the 4th put the hosts up by 10 with less than 2 minutes. The Lions clawed their way back to within 4 but were forced to foul as time ran down and Dominick Byrne hit the key free throws to put the game away.
“Our kids played hard, but we didn't make enough plays in the second half,” said Lion Coach Joe Barrette, “Fremont did a nice job taking away what we wanted to do both on offense and defense.“
Karnemaat finished with a team high 14 points and snared a dozen rebounds while coming up big on the defensive end with a couple of key blocks. Kaastra fired in 12 points to go with 10 boards, Schmidt hit for 13, Byrne tallied 9 and Geeting added 8 for the Packers who are now 5-3 and 3-1 in the Gold.
The Lions were led by Fisk who knocked down a game high 19 while pulling 11 off the glass. Connor Swinehart scored 11 and Karrip finished with 9. Newaygo is now 7-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Gold. Big Rapids continues to sit atop the conference with a 4-0 mark.
Grant 72 Tri County 46
The Tigers edged ahead after the first by a 12-7 score then put some distance between them and the Vikings outscoring the visitors by 10 and heading to the locker room with a 35-20 lead then keeping the foot on the gas to head to the final frame with the game well in hand at 51-28.
“Tonight was another good team win for the Grant Tigers,” said Coach Matthew McCorkle. “All eleven of my guys played valuable minutes and contributed to our win.”
Spencer Naffziger and Carter Chase led the offense with 16 points apiece, Casey Geers hit for 11 and Tyler Lopez fired in 10. Spencer Naffziger also led the team on the glass with 7 boards and rejected 4 Viking attempts while Tyler Naffziger grabbed 6 steals on the defensive end.
“We have been stressing team basketball for a while now and it seems as though everyone is finally buying in,” added Coach McCorkle. “I’m glad to see my guys are having fun doing what they love.”
Grant is now 4-3 overall and in a 3 way tie for second in the gold with a 3-1 mark.
White Cloud 57 Holton 55
The Indians snapped a season opening 6 game skid by fighting off the Red Devils on the road.
Jordan Carter led the Cloud with 20 points, Jared Elder hit for 12, Sean Kakoczki scored 9 and Darrion Holland added 8.
“We had a total team effort both on offense and defense,” said Coach Bob Jones.”Our coaching staff is extremely proud of all eleven players on our roster. “