School is back in session, and that means that there was a full slate of high school basketball this week across West Michigan. Below are some teams that we followed throughout the week, and how they fared. Make sure to visit our standings page to see how the conference races are shaping up early on. At the end of this article, we look at the best games in the area this week.
The Fighting Scots remained even on the season after splitting their games this week. On Tuesday, Caledonia scored 84 points in an offensive explosion against Middleville. In the 24 point victory, Caledonia scored 50 points in the first half. Andrew Larson led Caledonia with 26 points, while Carter Thomas (13), Jack Snider (12), Koby VanderWoude (11) and Luke Thelen (10) joined him in double figures. On Friday, the Fighting Scots fell against Hudsonville 54-44. This week, Caledonia has one game. They will host Rockford on Tuesday in a key OK Red matchup for both teams.
Central Montcalm (3-2)
The perfect record of Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team is no more after facing a pair of tough opponents. On Tuesday, the Hornets fell 77-61 to undefeated Morley Stanwood. Despite a double-double by Gunner Hill (18 points and 10 rebounds), Central Montcalm was unable to take down the Mohawks. Friday pitted Central Montcalm against another undefeated team, this time it was the Fremont Packers in a CSAA-Gold matchup. Fremont took sole possession of first place in the conference after a 78-64 home victory. Trey Chapin led the Hornets with 21 points, while Trenton Shaffer finished with a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds). This week, the Hornets will face 4-2 Big Rapids at home on Tuesday, and then they will face 0-4 Chippewa Hills at home on Friday.
Forest Hills Central (4-1)
The Rangers improved to 4-1 after they won their conference opener on Friday night at Greenville. This game was over from the start, as FHC raced to a 15-5 first quarter advantage on their way to a 63-23 victory. Jimmy Scholler led FHC with 18 points, Mitch Wilkinson added 13 of his own, and George Hatchett added 11 points off of the bench. The Rangers also played swarming defense, as they forced Greenville into more turnovers (27) than points scored, and they held the Yellowjackets to 20.6% from the floor. This week, FHC will visit Cedar Springs on Tuesday before hosting Lowell on Friday in a pair of league games in the OK White.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (5-1)
The Cougars only played one game this week, but they were winners. On Friday night, they defeated their rival West Catholic in the OK Blue conference opener by a score of 67-30. At 5-1 on the year, GRCC has a pair of home conference matchups this week. On Tuesday, Allendale comes to town and on Friday the Cougars will host Coopersville. After those games, the Cougars will take on Benton Harbor on Saturday at Ottawa Hills High School in the Floyd Mayweather Classic.
It was a big week for the Vikings, as they got a pair of victories at home. On Tuesday, Hopkins defeated Ottawa Hills 68-67 in an overtime thriller. In their conference opener on Friday, Hopkins knocked off Godwin Heights. The Wolverines entered this game with a 53 game conference winning streak, and Hopkins snapped it with a 66-59 win. Colin Weber led the Vikings with 25 points in this win. This week, Hopkins will host Calvin Christian on Tuesday before hitting the road Friday to face off against Kelloggsville.
The Rams were another team that had a 1-1 week coming out of the holiday break. On Tuesday, Rockford was unable to take down Wyoming in a 56-48 contest. The fourth quarter was the key for Wyoming, as the Wolves outscored Rockford by six in that frame. Kaden Seelye led the Rams with thirteen points, while Sam Krist added nine. Friday saw Rockford open conference play with a home game against Grandville. The Rams had no trouble in defeating the Bulldogs, winning 68-44. Nick Heinen had thirteen points to lead Rockford, while Sam Krist added twelve. This week, Rockford will hit the road twice as they face Caledonia on Tuesday before visiting Grand Haven on Friday.
The Wolves remain unbeaten after a pair of wins this week. On Tuesday, they took down Rockford 56-48. Menalito McGee led the way with 20 points, while Marion Parks added 15. Friday night saw Wyoming open OK Gold play with an 80-72 victory over South Christian, in which McGee was the leading scoring once more. In that victory, he finished with 29 points. A pair of conference games are on tap for Wyoming this week, as they host Wayland on Tuesday before visiting Grand Rapids Christian on Friday.
Three Unbeaten Teams Remain in the OK Conferences
Grand Rapids Christian is 6-0, with no games this past week. This week, they will travel to Middleville on Tuesday before hosting undefeated Wyoming on Friday.
Hudsonville is 6-0 after defeating Caledonia (above) 54-44 on Friday. This week, the Eagles host Grand Haven on Tuesday and visit East Kentwood on Friday.
Wyoming (above) is 6-0 after taking down Rockford and South Christian. This week, they play Wayland at home Tuesday and go to GR Christian on Friday.
Best Games in the Area this Week (home team listed first)
Comstock Park (2-2) vs Covenant Christian (6-1)
GR Catholic Central (5-1) vs Allendale (3-3)
Northview (4-2) vs Ottawa Hills (2-3)
South Christian (3-2) vs East Grand Rapids (5-2)
Union (5-1) vs Fruitport (3-2)
Holland Christian (3-3) vs Zeeland West (3-3)
Hudsonville (6-0) vs Grand Haven (6-1)
Spring Lake (3-3) vs Coopersville (3-2)
Byron Center (3-3) vs Holland Christian (4-3)
GR Catholic Central (5-1) vs Coopersville (3-2)
GR Christian (6-0) vs Wyoming (6-0)
Unity Christian (5-1) vs South Christian (3-2)
Reeths-Puffer (4-3) vs Muskegon (3-1)
Spring Lake (3-3) vs Comstock Park (2-2)
Kelloggsville (3-1) vs Hopkins (4-3)
Zeeland West (3-3) vs Holland (2-3)
Cedar Springs (3-4) vs Kent City (3-2)
Ferndale (3-1) vs Muskegon (3-1)
West Michigan Christian (4-2) vs Spring Lake (3-3)
Grand Rapids Catholic Central will take on Benton Harbor, in addition to other games at the all-day Floyd Mayweather Classic at Ottawa Hills