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Avery Hudson (Wayland): The senior set a school record on Friday night as he finished the contest against Forest Hills Eastern with 53 points.
Demetrius Lake (Holland): Despite surprisingly not being selected as a finalist for Mr. Basketball, Lake topped 2000 career points this week as he had performances of 38 and 49 points. He is the best scorer in West Michigan without question.
Jake VanTubbergen (West Ottawa): In a dominating victory over Caledonia, VanTubbergen finished with twenty-six points and nine rebounds, and the Panthers remain unbeaten in the OK Red.
Matt Beachler (Lowell): The senior put up 37 points to go along with eight rebounds in a close loss to Greenville on Friday. He will need a huge night on Friday when the Red Arrows face Forest Hills Central with the OK White title on the line.
Quantes Jackson (Union): Jackson recorded an impressive 42 point effort on Friday night in their win against Mona Shores.
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Demetrius Lake (Holland): Despite a tough loss to a hot Unity Christian team, Lake continued his impressive display of offense as he finished the night with 38 points.
Jacob Boonyasith (Jenison): In Friday’s win over Kenowa Hills, Boonyasith scored 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting.
Jake VanTubbergen (West Ottawa): This senior is a frequent selection, and its justly deserved each week. On Friday, he had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Panthers topped East Kentwood, maintaining a great start to the season.
Lamar Norman (Godwin Heights): Perhaps the best high-riser in the OK Conference, Norman pulled out another highlight reel dunk in Friday’s win over Belding.
Matt Beachler (Lowell): The senior CMU commit just missed a triple double against Forest Hills Northern as he had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in helping Lowell maintain sole possession of first place in the OK White.
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Chase Vander Klay (Wyoming): On Tuesday against Middleville, Vander Klay put up a remarkable 29 point effort. He is one of the keys to their hot start this season.
Jake VanTubbergen (West Ottawa): The Panthers star senior forward had another solid week offensively in a pair of OK Red wins. He scored 17 points against Hudsonville on Tuesday, and followed it up with 15 on Friday against Rockford.
Jason Majerle (Rockford): Despite falling to West Ottawa on Friday, Majerle had himself a strong night from the floor offensively, scoring 18 points on six made three pointers.
Matt Lark (Middleville): This year has been tough for the Trojans (4-11), Lark has had a strong season. In a loss to Wyoming on Tuesday, he scored 27 points, nearly half of his team’s total.
Xavier Wade (West Ottawa): An emerging player in his junior year, Wade contributed in large amounts on both the offensive and defense ends this week in a pair of wins against Hudsonville and Rockford, scoring a total of 31 points.
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Austin Branagan (Lowell): A key senior in Lowell’s lineup, Branagan turned in another strong week offensively in the Red Arrows pair of wins. In Caledonia on Tuesday, he scored 28 points, and on Friday in Cedar Springs he contributed 24 points including the game-winner.
Avery Hudson (Wayland Union): The Wildcats got a big overtime win over Detroit Cornerstone on Saturday in the Redhawk Showcase, a game in which the two teams went back and forth. Hudson led the way for the Wildcats with twenty-five points, and he impressively played the entire second half with three fouls, and some of the fourth quarter and overtime with four fouls.
Jake Van Tubbergen (West Ottawa): In the Redhawk Showcase, Van Tubbergen chipped in 25 points as the Panthers beat Detroit Old Redford to improve to 12-1 on the season.
Lamar Norman (Godwin Heights): The Wolverines’ junior forward put on an impressive show of explosive offense on Saturday with transition offense and highlight-reel dunks. Norman led the way for the best team in Class B with 27 points in their win over Detroit Edison.
Matt Beachler (Lowell): The Central Michigan commit showed his offensive firepower in a pair of wins this week. On Tuesday against Caledonia, Beachler scored 34 points, including 23 in the second half, as the Red Arrows won by twelve. Friday was more of the same as he chipped in 24 points in a two point win over Cedar Springs.
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Duane Washington Jr. (Grand Rapids Christian): In Saturday’s win over Catholic Central, Washington Jr. showed that he is more than capable of carrying the load for the Eagles offensively, as he led all scorers with 24 points.
Jason Majerle (Rockford): In a huge road overtime win against East Kentwood, Majerle contributed twenty-two points to lead all scorers.
Justin Kirkwood (Tri-County): Despite a rough start to the season as a team, Kirkwood has been having a strong senior season. He scored 16 points on Tuesday in their loss against Holton.
Kevin Slowick (Holton): In their win over Tri-County on Tuesday, Slowick led all scorers with seventeen points.
Ryan Gamm (Rockford): Gamm played stellar against East Kentwood in their overtime win, as his inside presence opened up the floor for Majerle. He also played tremendously on the defensive end, and he put in strong work on the glass.
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Demetrius Lake (Holland): In the Dutch’s double overtime loss to Zeeland East, Lake once again found himself in the midst of a big scoring night. Despite losing, Lake scored a remarkable 52 points, solidifying his case as one of the area’s best scorers.
Godwin Heights Basketball Team: The Wolverines scored 114 (yes 114!) points in their win over Kelloggsville on Friday. Tyler Whittemore’s team is 8-0, averaging 79.6 points per game, and is a favorite to return to the Breslin Center in March.
Matt Beachler (Lowell): The Red Arrows won both of their games this week and the Central Michigan commit led the way. On Tuesday, Beachler contributed sixteen points in a win over Ottawa Hills. On Friday, he had a double-double scoring nineteen points to go along with twelve rebounds.
Tyler Bosma (West Ottawa): One of the surprise stories of the season, West Ottawa is 6-1 and undefeated in OK Red play. In Friday’s win over Rockford, their best performance came from Bosma, who scored twelve points.
Xavier Tillman (GR Christian): The Eagles remain undefeated after two conference wins against Wayland and South Christian this week, and Tillman had a big hand in the effort. In Friday’s win over South Christian, Tillman had sixteen points to lead all scorers.
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Aidan Magsig (Hudsonville): The Senior forward had fifteen points in the win over Rockford on Friday night. His fourth three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left proved to be the game winner.
Jack Mandryk (Hudsonville): A dual-threat weapon in football, Mandryk carried the offensive load in another win over Rockford this school year, this time on the hardwood. On Friday night, he led Hudsonville’s offense with 16 scorers.
Ryan Gamm (Rockford): The senior forward was tied for the leader in scoring with eighteen points on Friday in their loss to Hudsonville, but it was his work limiting Brady Boothe to just twelve points, and his efforts on the glass that solidify his selection as a player of the week.
Teague Farley (Rockford): Farley, a senior guard, turned out one of his best outings of the season with an eighteen point effort in the loss to Hudsonville Friday. It seemed like all six of his three-point field goals came in key moments, as they would break up runs by the Eagle offense.
Zach Holman (Grand Haven): In Friday’s win over Caledonia, the senior guard led all scorers with a 24-point effort. His efforts have carried the Buccaneers to a 7-1 start early.