Ludington 54 Fremont 44
“Ludington dominated every phase of the game. The won the 50/50 balls, completely out rebounded us and shot better from the field.”
That was the assessment of Coach Pete Zerfas after his team dropped a home game against one of their old Lakes 8 rivals.
Ben DevRies hit a triple to give the Packers a 3-2 lead but it would be the last time the hosts would be in front as the Orioles ran to a 19-12 lead at intermission and stretched it to 15 point advantage entering the final frame.
Josh Laman scored 19 of his game high 22 points for the O’s in the second half.
Logan Karnemaat and Ben Schmidt paced the Pack with 13 points apiece.
Fremont will play the Wildcats of Montague Thursday before beginning District play against Tri County at the home of the Vikings on Monday.
White Cloud 75 Tri County 59
The Indians snapped a 3 game losing streak with a cross conference win over the Vikings. Jared Elder hit 11 points from the charity stripe down the stretch to preserve the win for the Cloud who picked up win number 4 on the season.
Andy Newfer led the Indian offense with 22 points, Steven Holt hit for 18 and Darrion Holland dropped in 13.
The Indians conclude their regular season Thursday night at home against the Hornets of Central Montcalm. It will be Parents Night.
On Wednesday White Cloud travels to Shelby to face Hesperia with the winner advancing to the District Final.
Newaygo 55 Whitehall 54
Trailing by 8 after one Newaygo battled back to pull within a point by intermission but the Vikings kept them at bay until the final ticks of the clock when the Lions squeezed in front for the win.
“We only led for 2.6 seconds of this game, but if I have to choose a time to be ahead I guess that would be the time,” said Coach Joe Barrette. “Our kids believe in themselves and that is sure fun to be around.”
Connor Swineheart knocked down 21 points and collected 10 boards and Kade Bhuyan fired in 7.
“Cooper Henizman and Jacob Polasek led us defensively with several steals and hustle plays on the defensive end of the floor,” added Coach Barrette.
Newaygo has now won 9 of their last 10 and the game concluded their regular season with a 14-8 record. They will face long time rival Grant in the first round of District play Monday at Tri County.