Grant 61 Reed City 52
The Tigers team has developed over a season under the tutelage of Coach Joe Schuitema and Fridays win over the Coyotes shows how far the Grant team has come.
Trailing 44-40 after 3 and playing a Reed City team determined to stay close to the first place Packers the Tigers rallied with a vengeance outscoring their visitors 21-8 in the final frame and when their opponents began sending them to the line to get back in the game the Tigers responded hitting 13 of 14 down the stretch with Carter Chase going 8-9 Seth Schuitema hitting 3 for 3 and Cooner Vanderwilt converting both of his attempts
Chase put on an offensive show canning 36 points to lead all scorers. Schuitema poured in an even dozen including a crucial half court buzzer beater before intermission that electrified the home crowd and Vanderwilt added 7 to the cause.
Reed City was led by Cody Kailing with 21 points followed by Anthony Pelton with 14.
The win puts Grant even at 7-7 for the season with a 4-5 mark in the Gold. Reed City falls to 9-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
Fremont 54 Big Rapids 36
The Cardinals came into the game on a roll having won 5 in a row including a trio of close wins over Reed City Grant and Orchard View. The Pack had not lost in nearly two months and a win would give them a solid 10 in a row and keep them atop the standings in the Gold.
A lackluster start saw the hosts outrebounded 17-9 allowing the visitors to build a 21-15 halftime lead in the Packer home barn.
The second half was a different story as Fremont roared out of the locker room to overtake and pass the visitors entering the final period up 36-29 then slamming the door with a dominant 18-7 fourth.
Coach Pete Zerfas:
“We talked at halftime, made a few small adjustments and the kids responded.
I think it really showed that we have been off of school as we did not have much energy early on, but we were able to win our 10th game in a row because we don't panic and we have multiple kids who contribute.”
Braiden McDonald continues to make his presence known on the Packer squad as he canned a game high 24 points.
Logan Karnemaat had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks. Calvin Miller (7) and Julian Echavarria (5) scored all of their points, in the third quarter. and Chris Kennedy delivered a boost off the bench with 6 points.
Joshua Zerfas dished out a half dozen assists while taking down 5 rebounds and Carter Moon dealt 5 dimes and nabbed 4 steals.
Fremont’s win keeps them atop the Gold with a 7-1 mark, a game and a half ahead of Reed City and 2 games up on Newaygo. The Packers are 21-1 overall.
Jackob Martinson led the Cardinals with 16 points.
White Cloud 32 Hesperia 27
The Panthers held the lead heading into the final 8 minutes but they could not hang on long enough to get win number one as the Indians rallied to take the conference win.
Panther Coach Bolles: ““I told the kids, this game has to be ugly. We’ve got to win with defense and keep them under 40. Well, we did that, but we struggled to score as the Indians also played solid defense.”
Logan Balkema led the Panthers with a game high 14 points while pulling down 11 boards.
Steven Holt paced the Indians with 11 points while Jake Foster fired in 9 and Trent Jones hit for 7.
White Cloud is now 3-4 in the Silver and 3-11 overall. The Panthers sit at 0-7 in conference and 0-15 for the season.
Chippewa Hills 71 Tri County 61
The Vikes dropped to 0-8 in conference play and 2-13 overall in the loss to the Warriors (2-6, 5-7).