Cloud snaps streak, Tigers get edged at home
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Reed City 73 Newaygo 62
The Lions may have fallen short in their matchup against the conference co leaders Friday but the scrappy squad refused to yield to a hot shooting and opportunistic Coyote team. Several times the visitors had their hosts on the ropes and on the brink of a blowout but the Lions clawed back to stay in contention before running out of time.
Reed City was coming off a week’s rest from their disappointing loss at home to the Cardinals and put their impressive offensive weaponry on display early jumping to a 10-2 lead before Noah Cantu hit one followed by a steal and basket by Kade Bhuyan. Swinehart answered a Coyote bucket with a three pointer and the Lions were within 3.
RC went on an 9-0 run to go up a dozen then Cantu hit for two and followed with a three. Two Coyote fouls shots followed and the quarter ended with the visitors on top 23-14.
The teams played fairly even from then on with Reed City pushing the lead into double figures only to have the Lions find a way back into the game. Early in the third the Coyotes built the lead to 19 and it looked to be over but Ryan Brummel scored twice and Bhuyan finished the quarter with a bucket. The 4th began with Bhuyan hitting two from the stripe and a Swinehart triple to make it a 9 point game. A personal foul that evolved into a technical foul sent RC to the foul line where they hit 2 and on the ensuing possession they fired in a three to stretch the lead to 14. From there the Coyotes slowed things down forcing the Lions to send them to the line where they were able to convert and come away with the win.
Swinehart finished with 25 points and 8 boards while Bhuyan and Canti finished with 11 points apiece and Brummel hit for 9. Francisco Rios scored 5 and provided some strong defense in the backcourt.
Preston Johnson (18) Cody Kailing (16) and Payton Hanson (11) each reached double figures as part of the 9 Coyotes who scored on the night.
Newaygo is now 7-3 and 4-3 in the Gold while Reed City moves to 8-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference play.
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Fremont 74 Chippewa Hills 30
The Packers rolled past an overnmatched Warrior team to notch their 7th straight win.The dominant performance began with a 27-10 first quarter that built to a 52-18 margin by the half.
“All 13 packers played in the second quarter and in the second half contributing to a total team effort tonight,” said Coach Zerfas.
By the time the third period was running down the game the running clock was put into place as the lead had increased to 41 points.
Braiden McDonald led the team in scoring with 19 points and Joshua Zerfas had career highs with 10 assists and 5 steals. Calvin Miller finished with 10 points, Logan Karnemaat dropped in 9, and Julian Echavarria finished with 8. Cody Moon grabbed 7 boards to go with his 7 points Chris Kennedy snared 4 steals while hitting for a half dozen points and Jaxx Miller dished out 6 assists. Carter Moon and Noah Christensen added 5 points apiece and Moon collected 5 steals.
Fremont is 9-1 with a 5-1 conference record. They share the top spot in the Gold with Reed City who will be coming to town on Friday.
Big Rapids 44 Grant 42
A packed house saw an exciting game as the Tiger defense held back a strong Cardinal scoring attack before falling just short in the conference tilt. The hosts led by a point late in the game before Trevor Woodard popped in a triple to give the Cards a lead they would hold to the buzzer thanks to a pair of free throws by DJ Lee.
Connor Vanderwilt paced the Tiger attack with a dozen points, Seth Schuitema hit for 10 and Carter Chase knocked down 9.
Cardinal Jackob Martinson led all scorers with 23 points.
White Cloud 52 Lakeview 47
The hosts fell behind early but chipped away at the Wildcat lead and emerged on top in the conference clash. The win snapped a four game skid for the Indians. Cloud players went 11 for 15 at the stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
Steven Holt paced the scoring for White Cloud with 17 points while Dexter Cox dropped in 14, Trent Jones hit for 10 and Jacob Foster nailed 9.
Morley Stanwood 59 Hesperia 28
The Panther 6 took to the court against the undefeated Mohawks who ran their record to 10-0 with the conference win.
”My guys give me everything they have, but we struggle to score,” said Coach Bolles.
Jacob Klemundt led the Panthers in scoring with 10 points. Logan Balkema pulled down 11 rebounds to go with his 9 points.
Kent City 89 Holton 33
Central Montcalm 61 Tri County 57