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High School basketball has tipped off across Michigan over the past two weeks, and Michigan Sports Radio has begun its coverage as well. This year, we will have many games from across the area broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio. Each weekend, we will have a roundup article in which we look back at select games and teams from around the area.
The Scots had a very impressive opening week of basketball. They dominated Wayland from the opening tip-off in Tuesday’s season opener. Behind sixteen points from Koby VanderWoude, the Scots took home the opening contest 71-40. On Friday night, they were back for more as they took down Byron Center 63-54. This week, the Scots will host Covenant Christian on Tuesday before hitting the road against South Christian on Friday.
Central Montcalm (1-0)
The Hornets won their season opener in exhilarating fashion on Friday against Grant. After trailing by eight at the break, Central Montcalm scored 26 points in the third quarter to grab the lead. Grant was able to claw back into this game, leaving it tied for Central Montcalm with 28 seconds to play. Hornets’ senior Asher Vissman scored a basket with four seconds to play that would give Central Montcalm the 60-58 victory. Gunner Hill led Central Montcalm with 25 points. They are in action against Newaygo next Friday night.
Forest Hills Eastern (2-0)
It was a big opening week for the Hawks, who find themselves with a 2-0 record. On Tuesday night, they went to Lowell and beat the Red Arrows by 30 points. On Friday night, they got the best of crosstown rival Forest Hills Central, taking the Rangers down in overtime by a score of 55-53. They are now off until January 2 when they will face Northpointe.
South Christian (0-1)
The Maroons won their season opener in impressive fashion on the road on Friday night against South Christian. After four three-pointers in the first quarter gave the Maroons a 16-7 lead, South Christian had a big second quarter rally to tie the score at 26 at halftime. The Sailors took a nine point into the fourth quarter, but Coach Kool’s Maroons stepped up and held South scoreless for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. After a three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short, Holland Christian was able to escape with a 51-48 win. Ethan Alderink led Holland Christian with thirteen points, while Logan DeWitt (11) and Adam Kroze (10) joined him in double figures. Connor Dykema led South Christian with 17 points in the defeat.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (1-0)
The Cougars opened their season with an 82-65 victory over Otsego on Saturday night. Mykel Bingham had 24 to lead Catholic Central and Devon Boyd added 22. Charlie Woodhams had 33 in the losing effort, including 18 of the team’s 24 in the third quarter. Grand Rapids Catholic is at Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday night, in a game broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio.
Grand Rapids Union (1-0)
The RedHawks are undefeated on the season after an impressive opening game in the Battle for I-96. They dominated Detroit Cornerstone 70-28 behind nineteen points from Ray’Vaughn Anderson. This week, they will host Rockford on Tuesday and hit the road to take on Dowagiac on Friday.
The Wildcats got their season off to a strong start with a 70-45 win over Kenowa Hills. Five players finished the game in double figures for Northview. Kyler VanderJagt led the way with eighteen points, Kaden Boucher tossed in twelve points, and Avarie Simpson, Aidan Walker and Jalen Charity each added ten. This week, Northview will host both Wyoming (Tuesday) and Godwin Heights (Friday).
The Rams used a strong second half in their season opener against Traverse City West to come out with a 64-53 victory. Sam Krist led the way for the Rams with fifteen points, with all but one coming in the second half of play. Alex Varady and Andrew Carlson joined him in double figures with eleven points each. On Friday, the Rams were unable to get over the hump against Muskegon, falling 67-58. This Tuesday, the Rams will hit the road to take on Grand Rapids Union.