Packers, Tigers Post Road Wins, Lions Fall To Warriors
By N3 Sports Team
Fremont 49 Reed City 25
The Packers took their hosts out of the game early with a 17-0 run to begin the game and by the time the dust had cleared and halftime arrived it was a 27-8 Fremont lead. Once again the visitors spread out the scoring led by sophomores Wyatt Kaastra who finished with 9 points and Logan Karnemaat who hit for 8 and ripped down 11 boards.
“Our defense was very active tonight closing passing lanes and finishing with rebounds which led to transition baskets,” said Head Coach Pete Zerfas.
Ryan Geeting also scored 8 and...
...Sam Kaastra grabbed 7 rebounds to go with his 7 points. Dominick Byrne dished out a team high 6 assists and snared a trio of steals while Ben Schmidt pilfered 5 steals from the Coyotes and added 5 points to the well balanced Packer offensive attack.
It was the fourth win in a row for Fremont (6-2, 10-4) who is in 3rd place in the Gold a half game behind 2nd place Grant and will face Central Montcalm (3-5, 4-8) at home on Tuesday. Undefeated Big Rapids is entrenched in the top spot and will be visiting Packerland on Friday.
Grant 57 Central Montcalm 54
The Tigers won for the 6th time in 7 games but it didn’t come easy.
“Tonight was difficult,” said Coach Matthew McCorkle. “Central Montcalm is well coached and they play great at home. I thought we started the game strong but towards the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter we were flat both offensively and defensively. “
Carter Chase had the hot hand for the Tigers draining 24 points while Spencer Naffziger and Casey Geers both reached double figures with 10 apiece. Grant got rebounding help from a number of players led by Trent Throop who grabbed 7 and Marco Alvarez who pulled down 4.
“Free throws were once again an issue for us tonight,” added Coach McCorkle. “58% from the free throw line is awful. In the end, we won and everyone on the team helped contribute towards the win.”
“This time of year is tricky playing conference opponents for the second time. Hopefully this was a wake-up call that we cannot take anyone lightly down the home stretch.
The win keeps Grant (7-2, 8-4) in second place in the Gold 2 games behind league leading Big Rapids. The Tigers will be at home Tuesday and host Silver co-leader Morley Stanwood (6-1, 12-1) in a cross conference game.
Chippewa Hills 69 Newaygo 64
Newaygo was on the road in Remus and the Lions looked like they were going to make it two wins in a row before the Warriors went on a 4th quarter attack and ignited the home crowd with a come from behind win in this CSAA Gold clash.
“"My hats off to Chip Hills,” said Lion Coach Joe Barrette. “They were down 10 late in the 4th and played to win while we played not to lose.”
Cam Fisk knocked down 19 points and snared 11 boards for the Lions while Connor Swinehart hit for 17 and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Newaygo (4-5, 7-6) will visit Lakeview (4-3, 8-5) for a cross conference game Tuesday.
Kent City 70 White Cloud 24
The Eagles kept pace with Morley Stanwood for the league lead with a resounding win over the Indians. Whiter Cloud (1-6, 1-11) will travel to Evart Tuesday for a non conference game.
Hesperia 45 Holton 37
The Panthers (2-5, 3-9) halted their 5 game losing streak with a win over the Red Devils of Holton (2-5, 7-7). Hesperia will visit Sparta on Monday and head for Walkerville Tuesday