Holton 40 White Cloud 36
After a beat down on the Holton court last week, Cloud Coach Jones responded to our question about the team’s chances in the tourney stating ‘It depends on which team shows up.”
Well, the right team showed up and did everything but win.
The Cloud tossed all they had at the Devils, battling them all the way. Tied after one the Indians put on a strong defensive showing limiting the Red Devils to just 8 points and edging ahead 23-19.
The teams entered the fourth knotted up at 30.
In the end it was Holton that hit the shots needed for the win, but it was a rugged game to the finish with the Cloud coming close to sending the conference champs to the sidelines.
Coach Jones: “Very proud of the effort from the team last night. That was a heartbreaking loss. We were in control of the game for most of it and lost it in the last 2 minutes.
Coach Swanson:”A really tough game tonight. White Cloud did a great job of getting deep touches and converting them. I didn’t think it was our best shooting night but the guys refused to go away and we’re able to come out with the win.”
Wyatt Monette came up big for the Devs with16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Aidan Poling knocked down 10 and Austin Fowler hit for 9.
Sam Venema led the Indians with 14 points, Alex Elder, Mason Reuther, Taylor Bode each hit for 6 and Dexter Cox finished with 4.
Holton advances to play West Michigan Christian Thursday at 5:30pm.
North Muskegon 56 Morley Stanwood 52
In a back and forth contest the teams went into the final period tied at 40 before the Norse pulled away to end the Mohawks season and move on to the district semi-finals
North Muskegon will face Ravenna at 7pm Thursday.