The Boys Basketball playoffs progressed to the district semifinal round on Wednesday night. There were some incredible matchups, and some even better games. As a result, we have some fantastic pairings for the district finals on Friday night.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 9 at Muskegon
Muskegon 68 Grand Rapids Union 42
Reeths-Puffer 59 Mona Shores 45
Friday’s District Finals: Muskegon vs Reeths-Puffer
The Big Reds and Rockets will square off in the district finals, their third matchup of the season. The OK Black foes played a great contest back on January 15th, as Reeths-Puffer knocked off Muskegon 63-59 in overtime. A month later, Muskegon went on the road and dominated Reeths-Puffer 63-28. The rubber match should be a fantastic contest once more on Friday night.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 10 at Jenison
Grandville 42 West Ottawa 32
Hudsonville 51 Zeeland West 43
Friday’s District Finals: Grandville vs Hudsonville
An OK Red rematch pits one of the area’s hottest teams with one of two teams that stopped its run. The 20-2 Eagles have won fourteen consecutive games, one of those was a 76-31 victory at Grandville. The last time that Hudsonville lost was back on January 4th, in their first meeting with Grandville. The Bulldogs were able to contain the Hudsonville offense to one of their lowest offensive outputs of the year in a 54-49 upset.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 11 at Wyoming
East Kentwood 74 East Grand Rapids 59
The Falcons moved one step closer to another district title with their win over East Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Ja’moni Jones started the day hot with ten points in the first quarter, including the first seven points of the game. He would finish tied for the lead in points for Kentwood with twenty. Also chipping in twenty points was junior Jordan Jackson. Ryel Daye was the other Falcon in double figures, as he finished with 11 points. On the East Grand Rapids side, they were never able to draw close after trailing by eight through one quarter. They were led by 16 points from Jalen Broussard, 14 from Jack Ward and 13 from Jack Sheridan.
Wyoming 69 Caledonia 61
In the nightcap of the District 11 semifinals, the Wolves and Scots played a tremendous game. Caledonia raced out to a 7-0 lead in this one, setting the tone with timely shooting. Their lead peaked at eleven points midway through the second quarter, before Wyoming was able to battle back and eventually take a 30-28 halftime lead. The Wolves would never relinquish the lead, but Caledonia made it a two possession game late into the fourth quarter. The key differences in this one were the offensive rebounding and the three-point shooting for Wyoming. The Wolves were able to connect on ten three-pointers, many of them late in the game, that helped expand their lead and stop Caledonia runs. Leading the way in scoring for Wyoming was Monte Parks with 19 points. Menalito McGee (13 points) and Marion Parks (11 points) also finished in double figures for the Wolves in their victory. On the Caledonia side Luke Thelen (16), Aaron Henry (13) and Hudson Day (10) finished in double figures in their defeat.
Friday’s District Finals: East Kentwood vs Wyoming
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 12 at Greenville
Northview 59 Cedar Springs 48
Forest Hills Northern 66 Forest Hills Central 53
Friday’s District Finals: Northview vs Forest Hills Northern
These two OK White schools are set for their third meeting of the season in Friday’s district finals. The undefeated Huskies won both matchups, but Northview stayed tough in each of those contests. In the first meeting, FHN ended up winning by 11 points and in the latest match-up the margin was 14. The playoffs have been challenging for both teams, so it should be expected that they will play a great game on Friday night.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 15 at Lowell
DeWitt 35 Grand Ledge 30 (OT)
Lansing Waverly 50 Middleville 44
Friday’s District Finals: DeWitt vs Lansing Waverly
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 37 at Belding
Alma 72 Shepherd 36
Stanton Central Montcalm 52 Tri-County 49
The Hornets and Vikings played a tremendous game on Wednesday night in the district semifinals. Central Montcalm raced out to a thirteen point lead, and it looked like the game may be headed to a similar outcome to last week’s 84-39 blowout. Tri-County continued to fight, and they clawed their way back into this contest, tying the score at 49 in the game’s final minute. With just 15 seconds left, Central Montcalm’s Gunner Hill got fouled and made the two-point field goal. He completed the three-point play to give Central Montcalm the 52-49 lead it would never relinquish. Brian Cooper blocked Tri-County’s last-second shot attempt to seal the victory. Gunner Hill led the way for Central Montcalm with a 24 point and 19 rebound night. His nineteen rebounds helped the Hornets outrebound Tri-County 41-20. On the Tri-County side, Cameron Friend finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Friday’s District Finals: Alma vs Stanton Central Montcalm
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 41 at Orchard View
Spring Lake 60 Oakridge 55 (2OT)
Orchard View 56 Fruitport 41
Friday’s District Finals: Spring Lake vs Orchard View
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 42 at Sparta
Newaygo 55 Sparta 52
Coopersville 52 Comstock Park 51
For the third time this season, OK Blue rivals Coopersville and Comstock Park squared off. For the third straight time, the Broncos emerged victorious by a margin of three or less. Nate Castenholtz’s free throws with six seconds left gave the Broncos a 52-48 lead. At the buzzer, Comstock Park’s Chanse Crittendon hit a three point shot to cut the margin to one. The Broncos were led by Blake Stewart with 13 points and Castenholtz with 12. The Panthers were led by 14 points from Crittendon and 12 from Anthony Jaworowski.
Friday’s District Finals: Newaygo vs Coopersville
The Broncos and the Lions will meet in the district finals for the chance to go to the regionals. Newaygo finished the regular season with an 10-9 record, while Coopersville finished with a 10-10 mark. This one on paper has all the makings of a fantastic district final in Sparta on Friday night.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 43 at Forest Hills Eastern
Forest Hills Eastern 76 Wyoming Lee 37
The host Hawks advanced to the district finals with a dominating victory over the Lee Rebels. From the starting tip, Forest Hills Eastern was in total control in this contest. In both the first and the second quarters, they outscored Lee 24-6, giving them a 36-point halftime lead. The second half saw minutes allocated to role players for FHE, but they were still able to outscore Lee by three to expand their lead to 39 points. Daane Harvey and Gage Krueger led the way for Forest Hills Eastern with 14 points a piece. Caden Vandenberg and Taylor Mitchell each cracked double digits with ten points. On the Wyoming Lee side, Clayton Roberts was the leading scorer with 16 points.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 71 Grand Rapids Christian 63
The Cougars are back in the district finals thanks in large part to their success in the third quarter. They outscored GRC 24-11 in this frame, allowing them to pull away and create a lead. Devon Boyd led Catholic Central with 21 points, and senior Austin Braun added 15. In the loss, Kobe Bufkin led all scorers with 35 points.
Friday’s District Finals: Forest Hills Eastern vs Grand Rapids Catholic Central
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 44 at South Christian
Grand River Prep 63 West Michigan Aviation Academy 41
South Christian 47 Godwin Heights 45
In a battle of two of the area’s best teams, South Christian and Godwin Heights did not disappoint a packed house at South Christian. The Sailors were able to contribute their winning ways with this narrow two-point win over the Wolverines. As a result, they are a win over Grand River Prep away from a trip to the regionals. If South Christian is able to take care of business against Grand River Prep, they will take on the winner of Newaygo and Coopersville in Tuesday’s regional semifinal.
Friday’s District Finals: Grand River Prep vs South Christian
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 45 at Allegan
Unity Christian 58 Holland Christian 49
Hamilton 60 Hopkins 58
Friday’s District Finals: Unity Christian vs Hamilton
In the third rendition of a great OK Green matchup, Unity Christian completed the three-game sweep of the Maroons to advance to the district final. The finals will be another matchup of OK Green teams as the Crusaders face the Hamilton Hawkeyes. This is the third meeting of their season as well, and Unity Christian swept the regular season. The Crusaders won the first matchup 78-48, and they won the season finale 67-39.
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 74 at Kent City
Northpointe Christian 56 Kent City 44
North Muskegon 67 Ravenna 49
Friday’s District Finals: Northpointe Christian vs North Muskegon
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 75 at Calvin Christian
Calvin Christian 80 Saugatuck 43
Potter’s House 75 Covenant Christian 72 (OT)
The Pumas and the Chargers played an overtime contest during the regular season that went down to the wire. In this week’s district semifinals, they once again needed extra time to determine the winner. Two players, Nyuon Nihal and Ben Clark, chipped in a total of 23 points for Potter’s House. Covenant Christian was led by Trent Mulder with 17 and Ty Mulder with 14. This is just the third game for Potter’s House that needed overtime this year, and they are 2-1 in those contests. They will take their 19-1 record to the district finals where they will take on host Calvin Christian.
Friday’s District Finals: Calvin Christian vs Potter’s House