B-Packers Survive Lion Attack, Tigers Tame Vikes, Devs Make it 3 in a Row
G- Long, Vandenberg Put on Offensive Duel
Fremont 46 Newaygo 43
The Packers came in undefeated, averaging 74 points a game and playing on their home court.
The Lions arrived with just 2 wins under their belt and those came against teams with a combined record of 1-11.
A mismatch? Not so fast.
The Lions stifled the high powered Packer offense frustrating them inside and creating enough opportunities for themselves to nearly pull off an upset win
Coach Zerfas: “We were flat out lucky to win. Newaygo came in and completely outplayed us for 30 of the 32 minutes. Newaygo owned the paint tonight, got most of the 50/50 balls and had twice as many offensive rebounds as us even though we had a size advantage. I thought Coach Barrette was the far better coach tonight with a better game plan to start the game breaking our full court traps and attacking our half court defense. Newaygo also played as a team while we played a very uncharacteristic selfish game. From the first minutes we were behind and trailed most of the game except for briefly in the third quarter. Early in the 4th we were behind by as many as 10 before we were able to make a run. We took a lead with under 2 minutes to go and were able to hold on despite missing 4 of 6 free throws after being fouled.”
Coach Barrette: “Great effort and team defense slowed a talented offensive team down, we just were not able to finish enough plays.
We let one slip away tonight, but took a big step toward where we want to go.Backcourt Wyatt Mortensen and Francisco Rios handled full court pressure all night getting us easy looks.
Braiden McDonald led the Packers with 16 points with Carter Moon adding 14.
For the Lions Mortensen hit for 11 while Rios dropped in 10 while taking down 7 rebounds.
The Packers (4-0,7-0) host Grant Friday.
Newaygo (1-3, 2-6) will be at home against Tri County.
Grant 87 Tri County 63
Up 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers played brilliant team basketball with seven players scoring in the second quarter to take a 49-28 half time lead. The 3rd quarter was similar as six players scored and the lead was extended to 73-40.
Leading the way for the Tiger offense was Carter Chase with 21 points. Seth Schuitema hit for 18 and Brett Long dropped in 14. Orion Evans chipped in 8, with Diesel Rose adding 7.
Luc Flinthoff led the Vikings with 18.
Grant (3-1, 3-5) currently tied for second visits Fremont Friday to take on the first place Packers.
Holton 58 Black River 22.
Coach Houseman: “We played great team defense tonight. The score at the half was 30-6 Holton. Nathan Slowik had 24 points, Aidan Poling had 14. Everybody got playing time. We are now 5-3 on the year!!! Thanks Coach Houseman.”
The Devs (3-1, 5-3) will look to extend their winning streak to 4 when they host Lakeview Friday.
Oakridge 91 Hesperia 22
Fremont: 50 Newaygo 44
The Packers and Lions mixed it up in an exciting conference contest Tuesday with Fremont pulling out the win to stay atop the Gold standings.
But it didn’t come easy.
Both teams had big first halves scoring the ball in this game. After Fremont took a 5 point lead at the end of one when the dust cleared at the break the Lions had crept to within 2 behind the red hot hands of Jaxi Long who poured in 22 first half points for the visitors. The beginning of the second half saw the shooting cool off with the Lions only managing 4 3rd quarter points allowing Fremont to push the lead to 8 entering the final frame.
Newaygo came back and started to see some shots fall but the Packers were able to hold them off with some clutch shooting down the stretch.
“Jaxi Long was phenomenal in the first half,” said Coach Zerlaut. “ We couldn’t slow her down. In the second half, Chloe Shriver and Avery Curnett tag-teamed to play fantastic defense on her.
“Paige Vandenberg had a monster night. She was huge for us on both ends of the floor and we got contributions from all of our players, right to the final buzzer.
“ It was a good team win for us.”
Vandenberg drained 24 points grabbed a dozen boards and ruled the paint on the defensive end rejecting 5 shots from the field. She hit 10 of her 16 shots including one from distance and ended with a solid 3-5 from the stripe. The Shriver/Curnett combo limited Jaxi Long to 2 second half points after her huge contribution before the break and Natalie Jamieson finished with 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Coach Thomasma: “I thought the girls played hard but Fremont played a better game tonight and made some key plays down the stretch. All the credit to them."
Jaxi Long led the LIons with 26 points and 8 rebounds while Emmerson Goodin and Lily Ruehmeier each had 9 boards for the Lions.
The Packers (4-0, 5-3) have now won 5 of their last 6 and will host the Tigers of Grant Friday.Newaygo (1-3, 4-4) will be looking to improve their conference mark when the TC Vikings come to town.
Tri County 41 Grant 40