Orchard View 92 Fremont 63
“We traveled to Orchard View today and struggled right out of the gates getting down 25-12 after the first quarter. They displayed far more energy than us early on getting to the basket at will. Our goal was to keep Ke"ontae Barnes out of the paint but he got in at will on drives and also in transition.
“The second quarter wasn't much better as we were down 50-29 at half. Orchard View then scored the first 7 points of the 3rd quarter putting us down 28 points, 57-29. At that point we showed some fight and went on a run cutting the lead down to 12 and drawing a time-out, but we could get no closer.
“Bottom line is they were able to run out in transition much better than us and also shot better from range, making 11 3pt shots. We fought hard but could never get close enough in the second half to make it a game.
“Braiden McDonald led us with 29 points and had 8 rebounds. Joshua Zerfas had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. On a positive note 9 of our 10 players ended up scoring at least one basket. Orchard View is very good and well coached, it's important for us to play teams like this so we can continue to improve. We are 1-2, 1-1.”
Comstock Park 41 Holton 38
The Red Devils edged ahead of the panthers to take a 2 point lead at intermission but Park busted out with an 11-0 run out of the break to take control. Holton attled back into the game but didn't have enough to overcome the Panther lead.
“ I’m proud of the way the guys played,” said Coach Swanson. “ We will learn from tonight and move forward.”
Aidan Poling paced the Holton attack with 15 points, Brodrick Fialek dropped in a dozen and Wyatt Monette dished out 5 dimes to go with his 8 points.
Sparta 69 Grant 43
The visiting Tigers were trailing 22-26 with 2 minutes to go in the first half before Sparta went on a 10-0 run to finish the half, 22-36. The Tigers struggled to score throughout the game.
Brett Long led the team in scoring with 10, followed by Cole Lesley with 9.
Newaygo 59 Shelby 31
The Lions made it three in a row with a win over the Tigers at Cornerstone University.
Newayo built a 36-16 lead by halftime and pulled away in the third.
"Very happy with the victory tonight,” said Coach Thomasma. “ We shot the ball really well from behind the arc (52%). All the girls on the team played a role in the win tonight offensively and defensively. Shelby is a well coached team and a tough opponent."
Jaxi Long fired in 18 points, dished 5 assists and snared 5 rebounds,Jaylee Long canned 15 points and delivered 8 assists and Anna Brummel dropped in 9 points.as the Lions continued their hot start to the belated season.
Newaygo (3-0) returns to conference action Tuesday when they face the 2-0 Vikings of Tri County, incidentally the last team to defeat the Lions...a few days shy of a year ago.