Tuesday Hoop Action-Boys
By N3 Sports Team
Big Rapids 71 Newaygo 51
Big Rapids brought their ‘A’ game to the Tuesday matchup with Newaygo and it proved to be too much for a Lion team that has struggled to pull out of a midseason swoon.
“We did not play winning basketball or give a winning effort tonight,” said Coach Joe Barrett after watching his team fall behind early and fail to mount enough of a challenge against the state ranked Cardinals to get back in the game.
Big Rapids looked like their old selves after a roster-depleted loss to Ludington and a dramatic come from behind win Friday over Fremont. The potent offense and opportunistic play that dominated...
...most opponents through much of their 12-0 streak to open the season looked to be back in full force Tuesday.
The Cardinals have all but wrapped up the Gold title. They hold a 2 game advantage over Grant and their upcoming schedule doesn’t indicate the likelihood of losing 2 of their last 3.
Cam Fisk led the Lions with 14 points and a team high 8 rebounds while Morgen Manlick hit for11 points and managed to latch onto 4 steals.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Newaygo (5-6, 8-8) as they will host the red hot Packers who have won 6 of their last 7.
Fremont 59 Central Montcalm 39
The Packers inched ahead in the first quarter to post a 10-7 lead before breaking out their multi-unit scoring machine to build a 17 point lead by intermission. Fremont’s well balanced attack and scoring depth came to fruition again Tuesday as 9 players got points in the book including Wyatt Kaastra who fired in 9 after his first career start for the Varsity.
Riley Krim and Logan Karnemaat each dropped in a dozen points while Sam Kaastra matched his 10 boards with 10 points.
Fremont (8-3, 11-5) travels east to face Newaygo Friday in a rematch of the game earlier in the season when the Packers knocked the Lions from the unbeaten ranks in the latest in a litany of classic battles between the schools.
Grant 68 Chippewa Hills 30
The Tigers made it 9 out of 10 as they continue to polish their game with an eye to the postseason. Entrenched in second place 2 games behind Big Rapids, Grant would have to win out in league play and hope for a pair of substantial upsets to catch the Cardinals-an unlikely scenario.
There is, however a battle to be fought for the runner-up spot and the Tigers hold a 1 game edge on the Packers who will be hosting their matchup next Tuesday.
Mason County Eastern 46 White Cloud 41
The Cardinals took this non-conference game sending the Indian to their 7th straight loss.
Darrion Holland led the offense for the Cloud with 10 points while Connor Dakin hit for 8.
White Cloud (1-7, 1-13) will host Holton Friday night. When the teams met earlier in the season it was the Red Devils who came up short. The win snapped a 6 game losing streak for White Cloud. Friday the Indians will be looking to repeat the feat and put a halt to their current run.