Tigers, Indians, Vikes lose conference tilts
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Fremont 60 Reed City 49
The Packers avenged their lone loss of the season in front of their home fans but it didn’t come easy.
The Coyotes took and early lead and stayed in front well into the third quarter. Down by 10 with 3 ½ minutes to go before the final frame the Packers staged a dramatic comeback led by their strong bench as Chris Kennedy, Braiden McDonald and Tristan Campbell sparked the offense and gave the hosts their first lead at 43-41.
The fourth began with the Pack pushing the lead to 10 before the visitors scored again. The Coyotes weren’t done as they rallied to get within 5. With two minutes to go they began sending Fremont to the line in an effort to chip away at the lead but the Packers performed at the line with Joshua Zerfas Calvin Miller and Carter Moon converting to put the game out of reach.
Miller finished with 17 points while taking down 8 rebounds while Logan Karnemaat ruled the paint as he rejected 7 Coyote shots grabbed 10 boards and dropped in 13 points for good measure. McDonald also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and Kennedy’s 8 points off the bench proved to be huge for the Packers. Carter Moon hit for a half dozen and Zerfas dished out a team high 5 assists.
Coach Zerfas: “ Like all of our games this season it was a total team effort. We rotate 10 players most every quarter and different players step up big every game. Not many times down 10 with 2 minutes to go in the third I would have all my starters on the bench but this is a different type of team. We win by committee.”
Fremont now stands all alone atop the Gold with a 6-1 mark and with their 9th straight win their season mark sits at 11-1. They will be back into action Tuesday when they go on the road to face their former rivals from the Lakes 8, Orchard View.
The Coyotes fall to 6-2 in conference play and 9-3 overall.
Central Montcalm 56 Grant 45
The Tigers came up short in their conference battle with the Hornets.
Carter Chase led the team in scoring with 20, followed by Brett Long with 8. Connor Vanderwilt and Seth Schuitema added 7 and 6, respectively and Elliott Butchart contributed 4.
Asher Vissman led the Bees with 22 points
Kent City 61 White Cloud 32
The Eagles flew to 15-4 lead after one then pushed the advantage to 36-12 by intermission. Steven Holt and Chance Montemayor led the Indians with 7 points apiece and Tom Feldpausch added 6.
Eli Carlson led KC with 22 points.
The Indians fall to 2-4 in the Silver and 2-11 overall. The Eagles are now 4-2 in conference play and 7-6 for the season.
Big Rapids 57 Tri County 29
The Cardinals continue their rejuvenated run with the road win over the Vikings. It was the 5th straight for BR who are mow 5-3 in the Gold and 8-5 overall. TC falls to 0-7 in conference play and 2-11 on the season.
Holton 73 Hesperia 44
The Red Devils won their 4th straight conference game as they hold onto second place in the Silver with a win over the rival Panthers.
Michael Ward had a game high 18 points for Holton. Jacob Klemundt paced Hesperia with 14 points and Johnny Segura hit for an even dozen. The Red Devils improved to 6-6 overall and 5-1 in the CSAA Silver. Hesperia dropped to 0-14 overall and 0-6 in the CSAA Silver.
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