Lions also move into District Finals
Hesperia 41 White Cloud 38
The Panthers have had a tough year to say the least. Their numbers were low and as a result they have finished games with four players and struggled to score all season . They lost all 19 games they played going into tournament play with 8 of those losses by more than 30 points.
So when tournament play began for them Wednesday and they found themselves in a 13-0 hole to begin the game it looked like their season was mercifully over.
Not so fast.
Coach Doug Bolles has kept this team together all season encouraging them and believing in them and Wednesday it paid off.
“The Panthers never quit! We battled back by digging deep and playing our hearts out on defense! We could have easily quit... that’s probably what most 0-19 teams down 0-13 to start the game would do... but NOT my guys!
They’ve battled through adversity all season and tonight was no exception, but tonight was different... We didn’t want the season to end without a win! We wanted to experience MARCH MADNESS! Tonight we did, I’m so proud of MY guys!
This is awesome!!!
We’re playing in the district finals on Friday night, WOW!!!
Nobody gave us a chance but US!
I love these guys, and I am proud to be a Panther!”
Jacob Klemundt canned 11 of his 15 points in the 4th quarter including a trio of triples and 2-2 from the line to seal the win.
Ashton Arnold knocked down 8 points to go with his 8 boards.
“We had solid play for all six guys who played tonight,”added Coach Bolles citing the contributions of Kaiden Robbins, Jonathan Castillo, Logan Balkema and Johnny Segura.
Hesperia faces Hart in the District Final Friday beginning at 7pm at Hart.
Newaygo 55 Sparta 52
The Lions defeated Sparta on the Spartan home court to move into Friday’s district final. They wwll face Coopersville who defeated Comstock Park in their semi final game.
Hart 42 Holton 34
The Devils season came to an end with a loss to the host Pirates.
Olton finishes the season at an even 10-10 mark.