As the regular season winds down, two of the areas best teams over the past few seasons matched up for what would turn out to be an incredible game. The Quest Center on the campus of Grand Rapids Christian was the site. The visiting Godwin Wolverines would bring their 18-1 overall record in with the plan of heading into next weeks Class B District 57 with only one loss. That loss came late in December to Class A Forest Hills Central(16-2 prior to tonights game agianst Grand Haven(13-6). The GR Christian Eagles had other plans.
The first 8 minuets had the Eagles trailing but by only 2 points. Scoring was everywhere and often in the first quarter. The two teams combined for 32 points, with the Wolverines enjoying the lead 17-15. The second quarter was a little more defensively sound but the Eagles were able to take a 6 point lead into the locker room at the half. The Eagles defense along with several whistles helped hold the Wolverines to just 7 points in the quarter. The Eagles led at the intermission by a score of 30-24.
The second half had the scoring for both squads amped up again. Several dunks as well as some timely outside shooting for both teams had the score knotted at 45 after 3 quarters of play. The fourth quarter was much the same with the two teams combining for 42 total quarter points. The Eagles, however, couldn’t overtake the wolverines in the final few minutes and Godwin would eventually win this one by a score of 68-64. If Tyler Whittemore (Godwin’s Head Coach) and Mark Warners (the coach of GR Christian) were looking for a game that would prepare them for post season play, they sure found it tonight. Several fans were even hoping for overtime, as if they didn’t already get their moneys worth with the regulation play.
Leading the scoring for the Eagles was the game high tally put up by Sr. Setric Millner Jr.. He finished the night with a double double scoring 34 points and tearing down 10 rebounds. Sr. Tre Vallar helped out with 10 pts, Freshman Kobe Bufkin had 9, Sophmores Cairo Rhodes and EJ Victory II had 6pts and 5pts comming in off the bench. The loss moves the Eagles to 11-8. Their final regular season game will be at home this Thursday 3/1 agianst K-zoo Central. Tip off is scheduled for 7pm. They start their journey back to the Breslin Center on Monday 3/5. They will travel to Caledonia for a first round Boys Class A District matchup that begins at 6pm.
The Godwin Wolverines Scoring tallies were led by Sr. Lamar Norman with 29pts, classmates Aleal Jimenez and David Kellah added 11 and 7 respectively. Juniors Jamaal Baily and Jaylen Coates had 2 and 1 but they were clutch free throws. The Core Power Preformance Player of the Game was Senior Markeese Hastings. He finished the night with the second double double putting in 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The win moves the Wolverines final regular season record to an impressive 19-1. They will begin the Boys District 57 action on Monday 3/5 with a matchup agianst West Michigan Aviation Academy(13-6) tip off is scheduled for 8pm from Wyoming Kelloggsville.
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