Lions Outlast Vikes,Tigers Roar in Remus, Cloud Cruises, Dogs Nip Packers
By Ken De Laat
Newaygo 81 Tri County 76
If you like your basketball served up with a lot of offense, this one was right up your alley.
The Vikings posted their highest output of the season but it wasn’t enough as the Lions breached the 80 point mark for the first time since early December. Wins have been tough to come by for TC but they were determined to hold home court and struck back from an early deficit by raining down a dozen three pointers on the visiting Lions. In the end Newaygo proved to be successful at the foul line and held off the Vikes for the conference win.
Josiah Long fired in 26 points while Logan Klomp hit for 16 to go with 8 boards. Blake Kerr scored 15 and collected 6 rebounds and Caris Nelson dished out a team high 10 dimes while scoring an even dozen.
Newaygo (11-7, 6-3) will host Shelby (3-13, 1-7) on Monday.
Grant 79 Chippewa Hills 46
The Tigers kept pace in the conference race with a solid showing in Remus where they ran away from the Warriors in the second half to secure the win. The road victory made it 3 in a row for the Tigers who remain tied for second place, a game behind front runner Reed City.
Oakley Obenauf knocked down 25 points to lead the Tigers. Ethan DeLong fired in 19 for the visitors and Zaiden Phillips hit for 17.
Grant (11-4, 7-1) will visit Central Montcalm (6-11, 3-5) on Monday.
White Cloud 65 Morley Stanwood 41
The Cloud was riding a 10 game winning streak when Morleystan came to town on Friday. Facing a brutal schedule next week it could have been easy to look past an opponent with just one win on thseason. But Coach Jones’ team wasn’t looking past anyone. After edging ahead by 5 after one they put more distance between the teams with a 17-9 run courtesy of some red hot shooting from beyond the arc.The hosts continued their barrage after the break and cruised to the conference win.
Coach Jones had praise for his team but also acknowledged the special event that took place at the game. “We had an opportunity to bring awareness for M.S. a disease that affects many and has touched our hometown and one of our JV players. We would like to thank the fans, coaches and players from both sides for showing their support and generosity for this terrible disease!”
Jared Watson tallied a game high18 points while KJ Strait hit for 14, Jayson Ruether scored 12 and Jayden Robinson added 8.
White Cloud (15-2, 7-1) will travel to North Muskegon (18-0, 9-0) on Monday.
Ravenna 57 Fremont 48
The Packers stayed within shouting distance of the Bulldogs but could not gain ground and dropped their 4th straight.
Coach Bowen: “We were a little short handed with Chaz still being out with an ankle injury, but we did not play well on the defensive end. Too many drives allowed and open looks for them. We will work to improve on that in the last two weeks of the season.”
Will DeBlake had 13 points to go with his 6 boards while Gavin Richards also pulled 6 off the glass and hit for 8 points.
Fremont (7-11, 3-5) will travel to Oakridge(12-6, 5-4) on Tuesday.