Big Rapids 58 Fremont 41
The two teams atop the Gold met Friday night on the Cardinal home court where they busted out to a quick 7-0 lead. From there the hosts never looked back as they built a 24-13 halftime lead and held down the Packers the rest of the way to halt the 9 game Fremont winning streak and knock them from the top spot they shared.
“ We played hard and had many opportunities early in the game, but our shots would not fall.” said Coach Zerfas. “Because of the flu and other circumstances, we were not at full strength for the first time since before Christmas and we did not handle that well. Overall though we did create enough shots to be in the game, we just could not get them to go in.”
Logan Karnemaat grabbed 11 boards to go with his 13 points and Ben Schmidt scored 8 with 4 assists.
“Ben wasn’t at full strength and just gutted it out,” added Coach Zerfas.
Carter Moon hit for a half dozen for the Packers (11-3, 8-2) who will host Central Montcalm on Tuesday before heading to Newaygo for the Friday game.
Newaygo 77 Central Montcalm 61
The offense was clicking for the Lions as they hit intermission having staked themselves to a 45-25 lead and went on to notch their 5th win in a row to stay tied for 3rd in the Gold.
“It was a good win on the road for us,” said Coach Barrette.
Connor Swinehart led the scoring parade by raining down 19 points while snatching 11 boards. Jacob Polasek fired in 14 and grabbed a half dozen rebounds for Newaygo (10-5, 6-4).