The Lowell Red Arrows had a pair of games this week, as they left league play to take on former OK-White foe Caledonia on the road on Tuesday, and followed that up with a Friday night road trip to Cedar Springs. With strong play by the Mighty B’s, seniors Matt Beachler and Austin Branagan,, the Red Arrows came away with two victories.
TUESDAY: LOWELL 80 CALEDONIA 68
On Tuesday, the Scots and Red Arrows faced off in Caledonia in a matchup that featured three college basketball commits in Austin Branagan (Goshen), Jesse Hillis (Davenport), and Matt Beachler (Central Michigan). All three of these players showed the crowd why they have rightfully earned their roster spots at the next level with an impressive offensive display. The Scots led this game after the first quarter 18-17, and entered the locker room with a 35-34 lead.
In the third quarter, the Red Arrows had a big run as they outscored the Scots 23-12. The fourth quarter was another nearly even quarter as Lowell outscored Caledonia 23-21 to win by the final score of 80-68. Caledonia was led by senior guard Jesse Hillis who scored 36 points, including 21 in the first half. For Lowell, Matt Beachler led the offense with 34 points, including 23 in the second half, and Austin Branagan chipped in 28 points as well.
FRIDAY: LOWELL 69 CEDAR SPRINGS 67
The Red Arrows returned to OK-White play on Friday when they travelled to Cedar Springs to take on the Redhawks. Even though Lowell had the edge in size, strength and experience, Cedar gave them all they could handle tonight. After taking a nine point lead to half, in which Cedar Springs only had three players score, the Red Arrows seemed poised to blow this game wide open early in the third quarter. This seemed all more certain when Cedar Springs lost Jameson Pavelka to injury, as he was their one player with enough size to hang with Branagan inside.
The Redhawks found a hot streak from deep though, hitting eight of their eleven triples, and with Dawson Wood’s buzzer-beater at the end of the quarter from 39 feet, they actually led 51-50 with eight minutes to play. In a back and forth fourth quarter, the absence of Pavelka was too much for Cedar to over come inside, as both Branagan and Beachler would finish with 24 points in their 69-67 win.