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The holidays typically result in a slower game schedule, but there has been plenty of basketball throughout West Michigan this week. We were live at the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament, as well as at the Legends Invitational. Recaps of those games, plus other notable results are below in this week’s roundup.
Cornerstone Holiday Tournament–Gold Division
In the Gold Division of the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament, the Covenant Christian Chargers took home the championship.
The first semifinal saw Godwin Heights defeat Wayland 60-50. The Wildcats raced out to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter, but they struggled to score over the final three quarters of action. Jakhary Towns led all scorers in this game with 24 for Godwin, and Damarie Thompson added seventeen points. Austin Reeder (18 points) and Riley Fields (16 points) led the Wildcats.
In the second semifinal, Covenant Christian battled with Zeeland West, eventually winning 67-62. Zack Gritters led the Chargers with 22 points and Trent Mulder added 19. The Dux had 30 of their 47 shots taken between Carson Gulker (23 points) and Eli Steffen (21 points).
The Dux dominated in the third-place match against Wayland, taking home a 74-48 victory. Once again, Steffen was the star of the show as he finished with 25 points on 9/13 shooting. The middle two quarters were pivotal of Zeeland West in this victory, as they outscored Wayland 48-22 in that span. Tyler Omness led Wayland with 11 points.
Covenant Christian defeated Godwin Heights 63-49 in the Gold Division’s title game. This happened in large part to a 21-6 first quarter advantage by Covenant Christian. Trent Mulder led the Chargers with 21 points and Kyle Meulenberg chipped in 15. Godwin Heights was led by Jakhary Towns and his 17 point effort.
Cornerstone Holiday Tournament–Blue Division
In the Blue Division semifinals, Forest Hills Northern and Hudsonville each earned victories to advance to the title game on December 30 at 8:30 PM. Kenowa Hills and Coldwater will meet in the consolation game at 7:00 PM on that same day.
Forest Hills Northern defeated Coldwater 68-53 in the first semifinal of the day. Coldwater shot 8/15 in the first quarter on their way to an 18-6 lead. Forest Hills Northern battled their way back, and a 24-3 third quarter scoring advantage gave them the lead. Trinidad Chambliss led FHN with 25, while Ethan Erickson contributed 24 points. Both Dylan Taggart and Ethan Crabtree finished with 17 points for Coldwater.
Hudsonville dominated Kenowa Hills in the second semifinal, outscoring the Knights in each quarter on their way to a 76-40 win. Jack Joldersma led Hudsonville with 20 points, Justin DeGraaf chipped in 16 points and Max Perez also had 15. Hayden Curtis led Kenowa Hills with 12 points.
The Catholic Central Cougars hosted their annual Legends Invitational at Aquinas College this weekend, with East Grand Rapids, Northview and Rockford as the other three teams. In the first semifinal on Friday, East Grand Rapids defeated Rockford 37-25 in a defensive battle, with Jack Sheridan leading the way with twelve points. Catholic Central outpaced Northview in the second semifinal, winning that offensive showcase 84-52.
In today’s games, Northview knocked off Rockford in the consolation game. Kyler Vanderjagt led all scorers with 29 points in that game. Kaden Seelye scored twelve points to lead Rockford. In the championship game, Grand Rapids Catholic Central dominated East Grand Rapids 76-49. Devon Boyd led the way with 22 points, while Mykel Bingham had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Other Teams Around the Area This Week
Sparta defeated Gibraltar Carlson 67-66 on Thursday. The Spartans are now 5-0 on the season entering OK Blue play. They resume action on January 10 at Comstock Park.
Wyoming Lee split two games in the Lee Holiday Tournament. They lost to Holland Calvary 54-33, and then defeated Wellspring Prep 55-54 in the consolation game. The Rebels are now 2-2 on the year, with a game set for January 3 against Watervliet.
Grand Haven posted a 2-0 week this week to move their record to 5-0. They defeated Traverse City West 60-34, and followed that up with a 47-43 overtime victory over Holland Christian. The Bucs are back in action January 7 against Hamilton.
Central Montcalm moved to 3-0 on the season as well, defeating Greenville 55-42 in their lone game of the week. Gunner Hill had fifteen points, but the Hornets were led by Trenton Shaffer and his eighteen point effort. They will be back in action January 7 against Morley Stanwood.