Tuesday Basketball Results: Lions Down Devils, Pack Hold Off Spartans, Pirates Sink Shorthanded Panthers
Newaygo 62 Holton 58
The Red Devils gave the Lions all they could handle battling throughout the game before coming up short in this cross conference clash.
Connor Swinehart led all scorers hitting for 27 points while shooting 11-13 from the field and pulled down 7 boards. Kade Bhuyan finished with 15 points while dishing out 5 assists and Ryan Brummel dropped in an even dozen.
Aaron Herron ripped the nets for 18 points to lead Holton (1-2, 0-1).
The Lions (3-0, 1-0) return to conference play Friday when they travel to Stanton to face Central Montcalm (1-3, 0-1)
Fremont 55 Sparta 49
The Pack handed the Spartans their first loss of the season as they built a big lead then hung on to secure the win.
Chris Kennedy fired in a pair of triples in the first quarter to help stake the hosts to a 14-10 edge that was whittled down to a single digit advantage at the break.
Coming out of intermission the Packer starters caught fire and built a 15 point lead by the end of the third with Joshua Zerfas canning a three pointer then stealing the inbounds pass and scoring before the buzzer.
“Then the wheels came off,” said Coach Pete Zerfas.
“We started making horrible passes, not rebounding and the momentum turned and with 2:45 to go the game was tied. I haven't seen many teams in my 19 years coaching that could give up that big of a lead and still hold their composure to complete the win. After a timeout we came down the court and ran our offense and got multiple stops and built the lead back up to 6 with 1:30 to go. “
Logan Karnemaat scored 5 down the stretch, Carter Moon made 4 free throws and Calvin Miller scored 6 in the quarter including 4 straight free throws under a minute to go. Braiden McDonald led us with 12 points, Calvin Miller had 11 points, Logan Karnemaat had 10 points and 7 blocks.
The Packers (4-1, 0-1) play their third game of the week this Friday when the recume conference play at Big Rapids (0-2, 0-0).
Hart 59 Hesperia 32
When the 5 Panther players took to the court in their matchup with the Pirates, Coach Doug Bolles didn’t have to think about substitutions.
He didn’t have any.
Playing without a bench the Hesperia team battled as best they could before falling to the visitors from Hart. When junior Kaiden Robbins fouled out halfway through the third the Panthers played on with just four on the floor.
““We put up a valiant fight and I’m proud of my guys for their heart and effort, said Coach Bolles. “ Hart was just better than us tonight and their depth wore on us, as well as being short handed.”
The Panthers were led by senior Johnny Segura who hit for 10 points and
Jacob Klemundt who finished with 7.
The Panthers (0-4, 0-1) will travel east Friday to face White Cloud (0-5, 0-1).
Kent City 68 Grant 49
Sparta 38 Fremont 25
“We played very well defensively but really struggled to find the bottom of the net.,” said Coach John Krim after the Packers fell to the Spartans in a non conference tilt.
”Down by 8 at halftime, we hit 2 3 pointers ( both by Paige Vandenberg)in the first 2-minutes of the 3rd to cut the lead to 4 but just couldn't get much else to fall the rest of the quarter except for a Calla Miller 3. We held our own on the defensive side of the ball holding Sparta to 8 and cutting into their lead. The 4th quarter we held them to one field goal but just couldn't score ourselves and they closed out the game with 6 straight free throws.”
Miller and Vandenberg each finished with 6 points.
Fremont (2-1, 1-0) will travel to Big Rapids (0-1, 0-0) Friday the third of a 5 game stretch away from home.
White Cloud 48 Reed City 28
The Cloud showed hometown fans a little of what they can expect to see on the court this season as they put their high octane offense on display in a cross conference win over the Coyotes.
Sharpshooter Hannah Brown delivered a game high 21 points while grabbing a pair of steals and taking down 4 boards while Alexis Strait provided some defensive wizardry with 8 steals to go with her 5 rebounds and added 14 points to the score on the offensive end. Despite yielding a size advantage to he Coyote counterparts Cassie Watson helped hold the Reed City front court to 9 points with her high energy defensive play. And Hallie Schultz dropped in 9 points while collecting 4 off the glass.
White Cloud (2-1, 0-1) will play at home again Thursday night when they face Hesperia (2-0, 1-0).
Kent City 71 Grant 25