FHC #23 Dan Deindorfer attempts to block a shot by FHN #0 Drew Moore. (Photo by Robert F. Pearson Photography)

The battle of Forest Hills in the OK White was a heated rivalry from the tip-off to the final buzzer. The weather outside was getting worse by the minuet, but the Huskies and the Rangers had no problems heating things up on the hard wood Tuesday night.

Forest Hills Northern hosted the first meeting between these two neighboring rivals. The second matchup will come on Tuesday February 19th. You may want to mark your calendars now for that one. The visiting Forest Hills Central Rangers entered the contest hoping to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season. If they were able to do so, they would then be tied for second in the conference behind Northview with just one loss each. The Huskies had other plans.

The game was a back and forth battle right from the start. Neither team could develop a lead of more than 5 points. At the end of the first 8-minute quarter the score was separated by just 2 points. Advantage Rangers 18-16. The second quarter would see the home team Huskies out score their opponents by 5 and take a 3-point lead into the locker room (29-26).

Both coaches made some minor changes at halftime but intended to stay with their original game plan. In the Third frame, the Rangers were able to cut the lead down to just 2 (48-46). Missed shots resulting in fast break opportunities would be the recipe for the most scoring by either team in a quarter thus far (19 for FHN and 20 for FHC).

The final quarter had several of the fans that braved the winter weather thinking that they may see the game take more than the 32 minutes that regulation would allow. That would make the Huskie faithful nervous as their squad had been collecting fouls at an incredible pace. With the clock showing 2:32, FHN Sr Ian Rampersad was called for his final foul, limiting the big man in the middle to fan status as he would have to watch the final few minutes from the bench.  Not even 30 seconds later, FHC Sr Tate Hallock would also be confined to the bench as he was called for his 5th foul, although the foul was inadvertently awarded to Tate and should have been on Jr Mitch Wilkinson. Although the Rangers went to the charity stripe often, the rim was unkind, and the Huskies were able to control most of the rebounds of the missed free throw attempts. The huskies were able to convert their opportunities at the stripe and would see a 3-point lead grow to 5 and then 7 and finally as the clock ran out, and 8-point difference. The final score would show FHN 73 and FHC 65.

For Central, this would be the 2nd most points scored in the season. However, that statistic doesn’t make the loss any easier to stomach.  The loss would drop the Rangers to 3-2 in the OK White and 7-4 overall and remain in 3rd in the conference.

For the Huskies, they would maintain their average of better than 70 points per game. The only game less than 70 was a week one overtime victory over East Kentwood. They only scored 64 on that night. The win will keep the undefeated season intact. They are now 5-0 in the OK White and 13-0 overall. They are currently tied atop the conference with Northview, who by the way will be the Huskies next opponent. You can listen LIVE to that game on Friday at 5:30 on Michigan Sports Radio.

Scoring Summary

Forest Hills Central

Jimmy Scholler 20, Dan Deindorfer 20, Mitch Wilkinson 10, Joshua Wise 7, Tate Hallock 5, and Jacob Ball 3.

Forest Hills Northern

Caleb Gildner 14, Trinidad Chambliss 14, Drew Moore 14, Brandon Matthews 10, Ethan Erickson 9, Trent Summerfield 6, Ian Rampersad 4, and Najee Braceful 2.

Friday January 25th join Eric Wells for the call of the top two teams in the OK White as the Northview Wildcats visit the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 and the pre-game coverage will begin at 5:10.

The Rangers will be at home on Friday against the Pioneers of East Grand Rapids.

The Forest Hills Eastern Hawks will be on the road at GR South Christian. That game will also be live on Michigan Sports Radio. Hawks coverage will begin at 5:45.

Click the LISTEN LIVE tab to see all the games on MSR this Friday. Don’t forget, the standings page has the updated conference standings. Just a reminder that the Friday games feature the Boys playing before the Girls. All of our previously broadcast games are available by clicking the ON DEMAND tab from the LISTEN LIVE page.