The Rams and the Eagles, OK Red rivals, met again on the hardwood on Friday. They are four weeks removed from their previous battle in which the Eagles got a game-winner by Aidan Magsig. Tonight, the two teams played a great game in which Hudsonville pulled out a close 49-46 victory, sweeping the season series.
In the first quarter, Rockford stifled the Hudsonville offense as they managed to score just four points, their lowest scoring quarter of the year. The Rams could not build on their five point lead in the second frame however, as the Eagles held Rockford to just four points and as a result took a 15-13 lead into the locker room.
Coming out of the locker room, both teams found more of an offensive rhythm as they both finally cracked double figures in the scoring column. Hudsonville entered the fourth quarter holding the 27-24 lead. The fourth quarter brought out the real offense from both teams, as they both nearly doubled their offensive outputs from the first three quarters. Nate Anderson led the way for Rockford in the final quarter with nine of their twenty-two points to bring his game total to thirteen. For Hudsonville, it was Michigan State football commit Jack Mandryk who stepped up his game with eleven fourth quarter points to bring his total to a game-high twenty three points. This was enough for the Eagles to hold on for a three point win, their third straight against the Rams.
Next up for Hudsonville (8-6, 3-4) is a road trip to West Ottawa on Tuesday, followed by a home game Friday against rival Grandville. The Rams (4-9, 3-4) will host Traverse City Central on Tuesday, and travel to West Ottawa on Friday.