Devs keep it going; Lions, Tigers, Pack post wins; Eagles outlast Cloud
WC/KC photos by Sue Harrison
Holton 69 Hesperia 21
Holton made it 6 straight while maintaining a stranglehold on the top spot in the Silver as they visited their rivals from the north and game away with a resounding victory over the Panthers.
Coach Swanson: ”I’m pleased with how the guys came out focused and aggressive.”
Coach Worcester: “We had a hard time defending the perimeter against Holton tonight; they put up 9 three pointers tonight. We improved tremendously on breaking the press tonight, however we still need improvement on shooting and capitalizing on our shot opportunities. Turnovers still remain an issue but we will continue to stress fundamentals and patients on the offense of end instead of rushing..”
Aidan Poling dropped in 13 points before taking a seat after one and Bret Hosmer hit for a game high 18.
Austin Fowler and Carter Brant each hit for 9 while Kevin Erickson and Brodrick Fialek finished with 8 apiece. Erickson added 9 boards and 4 steals and Fowler collected 4 rebounds and also tallied 4 steals.
Holton (5-0, 8-1) will visit Lakeview Tuesday as they embark on the second half of their conference schedule. Hesperia (0-5, 0-7) will visit Kent City.
Newaygo 58 Chip Hills 51
In a back and forth battle on the road the Lions managed to pull away at the end for the win led by a trio of players reaching double figures in scoring. Ashton Stephens canned 17 points, Bryce Decker dropped in 14 and Wyatt Mortensen added another 10 as Newaygo won their second straight and evened their conference mark at 3-3
Stephens filled the stat sheet adding 13 boards and a half dozen assists to his points.
Hayden Mackenna was a demon on defense creating 3 steals and forcing the tempo.
Coach Long: "The team played hard and responded well to the pressure from Chippewa Hills. I thought tonight was a team win as everyone contributed."
Newaygo (3-3, 3-4) continues conference play Monday when they travel to Tri County Monday to take on the Vikings.
Grant 74 Central Montcalm 68
The Tigers took a 10 point lead after one and had their hosts down 37-20 by intermission enroute to the conference win
Coach Schuitema: “ Balanced scoring with 8 players contributing and solid defense for 3 quarters were the keys to the game.”
Seth Schuitema paced the Tigers with 28 points , followed by Gage Burrows who hit for 13. Cole Lesley and Brett Long added 9 points each.
Grant (4-2, 4-4) was to face Chip Hills Saturday before a Monday rematch with conference co-leader Fremont Monday.
Fremont 64 Reed City 37
The Packers notched their 6th straight win up in Reed City in a game that looked to be much closer.
Reed City has played down to the wire with every team and came into the contest with a 3-2 league record including delivering Big Rapids their only loss of the season. Fremont jumped out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 40-21 at halftime behind very balanced scoring with 8 players entering the scoring column in the first half.
After the half the Pack built up a 27 point lead before Reed City scored a few buckets to make it 51-31 entering the 4th.
That was the closest the Coyotes got for the remainder of the contest.
Braiden McDonald led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Jordon McDonald knocked down 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Joshua Zerfas finished with 7 points, 10 assists and 5 steals and Lane Converse added 9 points and 3 steals. Logan Nelson hit for 7 points and Chase Rasmussen scored 5.
Fremont (7-2, 6-12) will visit Grant Monday to take on the Tigers.
Kent City 53 White Cloud 41
The Cloud came out strong holding back the Eagles long enough to take a 4 point halftime edge into the locker room but the hosts came out of the break on a mission. The Eagles dominated the third holding their visitors to just 7 points while dropping 23 on them to take a 12 point lead, a margin that would hold up for the remainder of the contest
Kyler Larson led the KC offense with 16 points, Hayden Carlson finished with and Casen Armstrong knocked down 11.
White Cloud (2-3, 2-5) will visit Mason County Eastern on Monday.