Packers Take Control Early To Tame Lions
By N3 Sports Team
Fremont 65 Newaygo 56
The Lions mounted a late game comeback but the early hole they dug for themselves proved to be too much and the Packers went home with the win.
A physical first quarter saw Cam Fisk and Ryan Geeting doing most of the damage on the scoreboard before Copper Kukal muscled in a pair of shots that ended the period with Fremont holding a 15-9 lead.
Newaygo came back early in the second as Fisk dropped in a pair from the line then hit on a follow but the Packers were able to...
...break the Lion press to find Geeting open under the basket resulting in a quick pair of buckets before Riley Krim found himself open in the corner and drained a triple. More Geeting layups and another three off the hands of Wyatt Kaastra and by the time Jacob Mayle broke the Lion scoring drought hitting both sides of a 1:1 the visitors had built an 18 point lead they took to intermission.
The second half saw the Packers go in front by as much as 23 points before the late charge by Newaygo in the 4th.
"We just can't spot a good team 17 points in the first half and expect to be able to come back,” said Lion Coach Joe Barrette. “I hope we can take the energy from the second half into our remaining schedule."
Packer Coach Pete Zerfas liked the outcome if not his team’s performance at the end.
“I thought even though we didn't finish the game as well as we wanted, winning at Newaygo is always a good win. It’s a good precursor of a game because we know we are going to get pressed and pressured the whole game on Tuesday against Grant.”
Geeting finished with 25 points to lead all scorers with Sam Kaastra grabbing a team high 10 rebounds to go with his 7 points. Logan Karnemaat rejected 4 Lion shots pulled down 5 boards and scored 8 and Kukal came off the bench strong with 8 points and 8 rebounds’
Fisk was a workhorse in the paint with 11 boards and 23 points while Mitch Karrip fired in 11 points and Jacob Polasek ripped the nets for 10.
Fremont(9-3, 12-5) will host Grant Tuesday in a battle for 2nd place Gold honors and a preview of their first round tournament matchup.Newaygo (5-7, 8-9) will look to get back on the winning track when they welcome in Tri County.