Vikings Get First Win Over Cloud; Pack, Lions, Tigers Fall Short
By N3 Sports Team
Ludington 45 Fremont 39
The Packers had one more game scheduled before turning their attention to the second season. If they were looking for a rugged pre-tourney tune-up they couldn’t have found one tougher than a road game in an unfriendly gym against a state ranked opponent.
The visitors worked hard to hang defeat number 2 on the Orioles and entered the final period...
...trailing the Lakes 8 co-champs by just a basket.
“In the end we turned the ball over too many times to win,” said Packer Coach Pete Zerfas. “We were down 16-15 at half and only down 2 entering the 4th, but 10 4th quarter turnovers did us in.”
Riley Krim paced the Packer offense finishing with 9 points.
Fremont will face off against Grant in the Fremont District opener on Monday.
Sparta 64 Grant 55
“We did not play smart basketball.”
That was how Grant Coach Matt McCorkle summed up his team’s loss to Sparta Tuesday night.
In a matchup between two of the teams competing in the Fremont Districts next week it was the Spartans who came away with the win draining a half dozen three pointers in the process.
“We got out hustled,” added Coach McCorkle. “Sparta wanted it more. “
Spencer Naffziger led the Tigers on offense knocking down 14 points while Carter Chase hit for an even dozen.
Grant will look to get back on track Friday when the Shelby Tigers come to town before beginning tournament play against the host Packers on Monday.
Whitehall 76 Newaygo 42
The state-ranked West Michigan Conference champion Vikings sailed into town and lived up to their lofty ranking by taking control of the game early and keeping the Lions at bay all night.
Newaygo trailed by 11 at the half but Whitehall exploded out of the locker room posting 25 points and nearly doubling their lead.
"Whitehall made all the plays winning teams make and we did not tonight," said Newaygo Coach Joe Barrette.
Connor Swinehart finished with a team high 12 points, Cam Fisk hit for 10 and Mitch Karrip fired in 9 for the Lions.
Newaygo will open their tournament play next Wednesday March 8th when they face Tri County at Fremont High School
Tri County 65 White Cloud 64
The Vikings were hoping to capture their first win of the season and the Cloud was looking to double their win count in front of their home fans.
It took overtime and a well played game between two teams that have struggled this year to reach an outcome and when the dust cleared the Vikings picked up win number 1 on the season against a scrappy Indian squad.
Andy Newfer was on fire for White Cloud pouring in 27 points with Buck Seabrook hitting for 9 and Conner Dakin, Darrion Holland and Jared Elder each netting 8.
White Cloud will travel to Stanton Friday to take on Central Montcalm and then begin tournament play Monday facing Evart at Morley Stanwood H.S.