The Boys Class A and Class B Regional semifinals were played on Monday evening. MSR had LIVE coverage of the Class B matchups from West Catholic High School as well as the Class A games played at Grandville High. The archived broadcasts are available for your enjoyment. Click the listen live tab, then choose Archived Broadcasts, select the game that you want to hear, and enjoy.
Class B from West Catholic
The first game of the evening saw the Catholic Central Cougars battle with the Spring Lake Lakers. The game was closer than most fans outside the Spring Lake area thought it would be through the first 16 min due in part to early foul trouble for CC and incredible outside shooting by Spring Lake. The scoreboard at the end of the first quarter read Lakers 29 Cougars 9. No one anticipated a quarter that was so one sided. By the intermission the game was within 2 points 28-26, but Catholic Central had trailed the entire 1st half.
The second half would be a little different, as CC gained their first lead of the game late in the 3rd quarter 45-44. The final 8 min would see the Cougars outscore the Lakers by 10 and finish the game with an 11 point victory 63-52.
The Cougars were led by Marcus Bingham Jr. who had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Jacob Polokavich added 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Austin Braun added 9 points and 8 assists.
The Lakers were led by Jack Van Wingen with 18 points, Sam Johnson added 14, while Griffin Lorimer chipped in 11 points and 5 assists.
The Cougars will be back in action on Wednesday at 7:00pm agianst the Sailors from South Christian. Join Dave Princer and Maisy Nielson for the call.
Game 2 of the night, South Christian vs Fremont, was won by the South Christian Sailors. The final tally was 74-27. The Sailors, who were coming off a District title that many had assumed would belong to the Godwin Wolverines, were never in doubt of winning this one. They gave the fans in attendance as well as those listening on MSR something to consider about Wednesday’s matchup with Catholic Central. Prior to the game several would have figured that CC would be moving on to the quarter finals in Big Rapids, and that Wednesday night would just be a formality. NOT SO, says the Sailors.
South Christian, led by Luke Schrotenboer 19 points, will need to stay hot on Wednesday in order to move on. They will also need quality min from bench players like Peyton Vis (16 points 8 boards and 3 steals). Tyler Bulwalda and Jack Spencer combined for 14 points 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Fremont Packers were led by Bailey Baddis with 9 points.
Wednesday at 7pm
GR Catholic Central vs GR South Christian Live on MSR
Class A from Grandville
The first game of the night featured the Muskegon Big Reds agianst the 2017 State runner up GR Christian Eagles. The Eagles knew that there was a target on their back, having won the Class A regional a year a go in dramatic fashion, and that it would take a total team effort to beat this Big Red team. Muskegon arrived in Grandville poised and ready to take care of some “unfinished business”. One year ago the Eagles handled the Big Red’s in regional semi-final action by an impressive score of 64-26. That “chip on the shoulder” or “pay back” mentality was evident in pre game warm ups. Coach Keith Guy‘s Big Red team would not overlook the Eagles this year.
The game would have it all, 3 point baskets, Dunks, Stingy Pressure defense, but eventually the Big Red team would emerge with the victory. GR Christian scored the first 7 points of the game. Coach Guy called a time out and encouraged his club to get back to Big Red Basketball. The boys answered the call. Muskegon led after the 1st quarter but only by 4 points. So far the Eagles Setric Millner Jr. had not scored. The second frame also saw limited scoring from Millner Jr. as he entered the locker room at halftime with more rebounds and assists (4 each) than points (2). The Big Red’s enjoyed an 11 point lead at the half 28-17, and would continue to seperate themselves in the third leading 41-24 with just the 4th quarter standing between them and the regional finals. The 4th frame coach Mark Warners challenged his Eagle ball players to buckle down on defense and to take better care of the ball on offense. Knowing that empty trips on offense with the clock agianst you would be a recipe for disaster, the Eagle squad did just that, and eventually brought the score to within 3 with just 3 min to play. That was as close as the Big Red Machine would allow the Eagles as they went on a final few min run of their own. They opened up a lead of 6, then 8, then 9 and would hold off the Eagle attack and win by 9 (55-46).
The Big Red’s were led by Jr. Eonte Tornes (15) and Sr. Willie Shanks Jr. (13). The duo combined to sink 7 clutch free throws in the late stages of the game. Soph Vern Nash Jr. added 11 points including three 3 point baskets. Clinton Jefferson Jr., Edriese Jenkins Jr., and Billie Roberts added 7, 5, & 4 points respectivly.
The Eagles were led by Freshman Kobe Bufkin with 13 points. Marcus Haveman added 10, Millner Jr. had 9, while Soph Cairo Rhodes add 8. Tre Valler and Trey Mc Bride each dropped in a 3 ball as well.
Muskegon will play again on Wednesday night. Tip is scheduled for 6pm at Grandville HS.
Game 2 from Grandville featured the West Ottawa Panthers and the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. This was another unlikely match up as most of the bracket watchers anticipated a Forest Hills team to win the District, however, it was Central that many picked. Northern had other plans. Congratulations to the Huskies. It’s nice to see a bracket shaken up a little. Make no mistake, the Huskies are the best team around that no one is talking about. Although lacking a towering figure inside, they have all of the other aspects of the game covered, and would put them on display agianst the Panthers. Case in point, after the first frame, the Huskies hushed the Panther student section leading 13-8. The second quarter F.H.N. would give the Panthers more than they wanted and would see the Huskies and head coach Joe Soules take a 3 point lead into the locker room. The second half began with a different look in the Panthers eyes. They tightened up the defense forcing the Huskies to settle for more difficult shots, and patiently worked their own offense for a quality look. It worked well for the Panthers as they led after 3 quarters 35-30. The fourth quarter saw limited scoring by the FHN ballers, as tough shot selection and unfavorable bounces fed the beast that is the Panthers offense. Dunks by Xavier Wade and Tyler Bosma allowed the formerly quiet West Ottawa faithful something to really roar about. Nine points would be the final difference, as the Panthers would win 56-47.
The Panthers would be led by Tyler Bosma with 15 points, Nick Wehrmeyer added 12 and Xavier Wade dropped in 10. Liam Cavanaugh and Drew Pederson contributed 7 each, Jason Fairfield had 3 and Danny DeForest had 2.
The Huskies were paced by Freshman Ethan Erickson with 12 points, 3 shots from distance for the first man off the bench. Trent Summerfield add 10 points, Will Hawkins, Caleb Gildner, and Benson Vasiu each had 7 points, and Brandon Matthews added 4.
Congratulations to the very young Huskies team as winners of the District 8 title. The future looks bright at FHN.
Wednesday at 6pm
Muskegon Big Red’s vs West Ottawa Panthers Live on MSR