The Christmas carols held true once again as the “weather outside was frightful” for yet another day in West Michigan on Friday. For Caledonia for example, it was their eighth day off in ten days, capping off yet another week of low attendance in high schools across the area. Of course, this translates to the hardwood, as about half of tonight’s basketball slate was postponed to Saturday. For those teams that did brave the weather, the recap of their games are below. Make sure you check back tomorrow night for recaps of the area’s games that took place on Saturday.
Northpointe Christian 78 Kelloggsville 32
Coach Redell’s Mustangs hosted Kelloggsville for their third game in four days. They showed no signs of fatigue in the endcap of their packed week, as they dominated the Rockets from the start. This was a huge week for Northpointe as they went 3-0, picking up league wins over Calvin Christian, Lee and Kelloggsville by an average of 34 points per game. At 6-1 in the OK Silver, they remain a game back of Godwin Heights. These two teams face off next Friday in a game that could decide the league title.
West Catholic 59 Sparta 37
Hopkins 58 Calvin Christian 43
Zeeland West 43 Holland Christian 35
The Dux made the journey over to the Holland Civic Center on Friday night for a matchup against the Maroons. In a low scoring affair, every basket counted, and Zach Baker knew this more than anyone. He scored 23 points, over half of Zeeland West’s total offense, to lead them to a key road victory. This puts them in second place in the OK Green, two games back of Unity Christian, with four games left to play.
Hudsonville 52 Grand Haven 44
Jenison 61 Kenowa Hills 54
East Kentwood 52 West Ottawa 44
The Falcons braved the blowing snow and made the drive along M-6 to Holland to take on the West Ottawa Panthers. This game was crucial for Kentwood, as they aimed to stay within striking distance of Hudsonville for the OK Red title. Thanks to a 19 point effort by Ryel Daye, the Falcons improve to 6-2 in the OK Red. On Tuesday, they hit the road for Hudsonville, with a chance to tie the Eagles in the standings.
Grand Rapids Christian 61 Middleville 47
Coopersville 73 Spring Lake 69
Zeeland East 59 Byron Center 53
Unity Christian 76 Holland 31
Reeths Puffer 59 Mona Shores 54
Two nights ago, the Rockets were shocked in a triple-overtime defeat against Kenowa Hills. They hosted Mona Shores on Friday night, and they once again needed some strong play late. This time, they got it, so they pulled out a five-point win over their crosstown rivals. As a result, the Rockets are now tied at 7-1 in OK Black play with Muskegon. On Tuesday, the Big Reds come into town to play for the outright lead and more than likely the league title. Remember that back on January 15, Reeths-Puffer went to Muskegon and won 63-59 in an overtime upset.
Forest Hills Northern 62 Lowell 46
The Huskies hosted their annual “Purple Paws” game on Saturday when they played the Lowell Red Arrows, in addition to their Senior Day festivities. The #1 ranked team in the Remax-United Power Poll showed why they are deserving of that spot yet again. Now 17-0, the Huskies are three wins away from a perfect regular season. Today, Drew Moore led the way with 20 points and Trent Summerfield also contributed 18.
Forest Hills Eastern 66 Hamilton 62
Holland Christian 53 Grand Rapids Christian 49
Rockford 51 Caledonia 43
The Rockford Rams and Caledonia Scots squared off Saturday in an entertaining OK Red battle. After Rockford raced out to an eight-point first quarter lead, the Scots battled back to cut the lead to just three heading into the locker room. The next eight minutes were the most vital in Rockford’s win, as they outscored Caledonia by eleven. Ashton Pokorzynski hit three three-pointers to open up the lead early on in the second half. He finished the game as Rockford’s leading scorer with 17 points. Brendan Schueller (13) and Nate Bareno (12) also got double digit points for Rockford. On the Caledonia side, they got the margin down to six late in the game, but they were never able to draw closer. They were led by Luke Thelen (17 points), Koby VanderWoude (10 points) and Andrew Larson (8).
Grandville 76 Detroit Country Day 52
Hopkins 77 Kelloggsville 62
WHAT’S ON TAP?
We have a solid Monday and Tuesday slate as well. Some of Tuesday’s games, such as the ones mentioned above, are for league supremacy.
Ottawa Hills (1-12) vs Cedar Springs (4-10), 5:00 PM
South Christian (12-3) vs East Grand Rapids (7-8), 6:00 PM
West Catholic (8-7) vs Comstock Park (4-8), 6:00 PM
Jenison (5-10) vs Fruitport (2-11), 7:00 PM
Wyoming (4-10) vs Wayland Union (10-5), 6:00 PM
Godwin Heights (10-5) vs Belding (1-11), 6:00 PM
Allendale (9-5) vs Sparta (7-7), 7:00 PM
Caledonia (4-10) vs Northpointe Christian (8-5), 7:00 PM
Grand Haven (9-7) vs Rockford (9-5), 7:00 PM
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (13-2) vs Coopersville (7-7), 7:00 PM
Covenant Christian (6-10) vs South Christian (12-3), 7:00 PM
Forest Hills Northern (16-0) vs Ottawa Hills (1-12), 7:00 PM
Kenowa Hills (10-5) vs Mona Shores (3-10), 7:30 PM
Northview (10-3) vs Greenville (4-11), 7:00 PM
West Catholic (8-7) vs Muskegon Catholic Central (7-5), 7:00 PM
Calvin Christian (6-9) vs Belding (1-11), 7:15 PM
Holland Christian (11-4) vs Byron Center (3-13), 7:00 PM
West Ottawa (6-8) vs Grandville (5-8), 7:30 PM
Hudsonville (14-2) vs East Kentwood (11-5), 7:00 PM
Jenison (5-10) vs Grand Rapids Union (7-6), 7:00 PM
Lowell (5-8) vs Forest Hills Central (9-4), 7:00 PM
Middleville (2-13) vs Forest Hills Eastern (8-7), 7:00 PM
Reeths-Puffer (13-2) vs Muskegon (12-3), 7:00 PM
Spring Lake (4-12) vs Comstock Park (4-8), 5:30 PM
Wayland Union (10-5) vs East Grand Rapids (7-8), 7:00 PM
Wyoming (4-10) vs Grand Rapids Christian (12-3), 7:00 PM
Godwin Heights (10-5) vs Wyoming Lee (2-13), 7:15 PM
Kelloggsville (4-10) vs Hopkins (9-4), 5:30 PM
Zeeland East (3-12) vs Hamilton (7-8), 7:00 PM
Zeeland West (13-3) vs Holland (6-8), 7:00 PM