Gold: With the Packer loss to CM and the Tiger win over CH the Gold has knotted up into a 3 way tie for the top spot. With four games left you can’t count out the Cardinals of BR who loom a couple games behind but have shaken off some early season stumbles to win 6 in a row.
The Packers play just one of the teams in the top half of the division and it is a big one since Tuesday they are taking on a Tiger team who are on a tear. Grant has a tougher task ahead facing both Fremont and the resurgent BR squad while the Hornets will look to keep their buzz going on the Cardinal court Tuesday.
Silver: The ‘Hawks avenged their loss to the Eagles and in doing so grabbed a share of first place. With 2 games left MS faces White Cloud and Hesperia two teams they handled easily the first time around while Kent City also takes on the winless Panthers before their conference finale against the Red Devils who they bested by 25 points on the road. The Silver might just end in a tie.
Central Montcalm 65 Fremont 59
The Hornets muscled their way into a share of first pace in the Gold shutting down the Packer offense as they took a 5 point lead at the break and held on to send Fremont to their 3rd loss in the past 4 games.
“Cold shooting plagued us, saaid Coach Zerfas. “ We were not able to make many shots shooting 7-35 from the 3pt line and only 32% overall.
Tristan Campbell led the Packers with 15 points and 16 rebounds, Brandon McDonald and Chris Kennedy hit for 12 points.
Fremont (8-2, 12-4) goes to Newaygo Tuesday to try to keep pace with their co-leaders.
Big Rapids 66 Newaygo 35
The Lions scored the first four points before a 12 point run gave the Cards a lead they would hold the rest of the contest. By halftime the visitors had built a 25-12 advantage.
The Lions battled but the size and depth of BR wore them down in a physical battle that featured three technical fouls and saw 10 different Cardinals find their way into the scoring column.
The Lions were led by Wyatt Mortensen who fired in 13 points and Ashton Stephens who finished with 10 including a prefect 8-8 from the line. Jarrod Wismar added 6 points.
Newaygo (3-7, 4-10) will host Fremont on Tuesday.
Holton 65 White Cloud 49
Holton built a 33-24 by the break and kept the Cloud at bay to capture the win.
Aidan Poling led the Red Devils in scoring with 23 points while Nathan Slowik dropped in a dozen and Drew Trygstad and Wyatt Monette each hit for 9. Lukas Ramaekers scored 6 and Austin Fowler, Chip Wright and Anthony Crabtree each added 2.
Sam Venema finished with a game high 31 points for WC while Dexter Cox and Steven Holt each added 6.
Holton (5-3, 10-6) wil visit Lakeview on Friday while White Cloud (3-5, 6-9) hosts Morley Stanwood.
Morley Stanwood 59 Kent City 51
Axel Woolwotth paced the ‘Hawks with 19 points and McLaughlin added 13 as MS survived a couple of Kent City runs to take the rematch and forge a tie for first in the Silver Conference.
Will Wright paced the Eagles with 19 points and Shawn Anderson scored 14.
Lakeview 62 Hesperia 31
The Panthers trailed by just 6 at the half but the Wildcats went on a 14-4 run in the 3rd and ran away with the conference win.
Coach Worcester: “Lakeview out played us in the second half. Our 1st half was played under control and with discipline. However, the second half was plagued with fouls and turnovers. There was evidence of improvement despite the score, but also evidence of fatigue induced decision making and turnovers. I hold my young team to high standards because I know their potential, so we will continue to work hard and improve.
Logan Balkema hit for 16 points.
Hesperia (0-9, 0-16) will face Silver co-leader Kent City on Friday.