This past week gave us plenty of great basketball action. This is all recapped below, with a schedule of next week’s action ahead at the end of the article.
The Scots continued with their winning ways with a pair of victories this past week. On Tuesday night, they took down Grandville 64-53. Three days later, they went on the road and defeated East Kentwood in an 82-71 shootout. Luke Thelen led the way with 19 points for Caledonia, who pushed their winning streak to four games. This is the longest winning streak since the 2011-12 season, when they had a pair of four game streaks. This week, Caledonia visits Lowell on Tuesday before hosting Hudsonville on Friday
Central Montcalm (7-3)
The Hornets lost on the road in their lone game this week, falling 75-51 to the Grant Tigers. Central Montcalm had a lead in the 3rd quarter but the Tigers went on a big run and came away with the victory. The Hornets had balanced scoring, as Trey Chapin led the way with 15 points. Senior captains Asher Vissman (13 points) and Gunner Hill (11 points) also got to double figures for Central Montcalm. This week, Central Montcalm will travel to Alma on Tuesday and host Newaygo on Friday.
Forest Hills Central (9-2)
The Rangers’ eight-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday night when they fell on the road to East Grand Rapids. The host Pioneers won 55-52, while shutting down the FHC perimeter offense, holding them to 3/19 from deep. Forest Hills Central rebounded with a conference win on Friday night, when they travelled to Northview. Behind 27 points from Jimmy Scholler, FHC brought home a nice 69-43 victory. This win put FHC a whole game ahead of all members of the OK White. On Tuesday, the Rangers have a tough task as they travel to 10-1 Wyoming. Three days later, they return to league play with a game against Greenville.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (11-1)
The Cougars won two straight games to move their winning streak to ten games. On Tuesday, GRCC travelled to Spring Lake, defeating them 66-51. Jack Karasinksi led the way with 14 points, while Jorden Brooks (13 points) and Jace Williams (10 points) also finished in double digits.
On Friday night, it was a special evening at GR Catholic Central. The crowd was decked out in purple, as the team honored Tianna Madison, the wife of assistant coach Kei Madison, who passed away after a courageous battle with lupus. This felt like one of those nights that the Cougars were willed by something extra to get the victory, a 66-43 win. Devon Boyd led the way with 15 points, while Karasinski (14 points) and Mykel Bingham (12 points) also got into double figures. The Cougars have a few days off before visiting rival West Catholic on Friday. On Saturday, the Cougars will take on Benton Harbor in the rescheduled Floyd Mayweather Classic at Ottawa Hills.
South Christian (6-5)
It was a tough week for South Christian, as they had a chance to win both games and ended up with two defeats. On Tuesday against Forest Hills Eastern, the two teams battled all night as the game went into overtime. In the extra frame, the Hawks came out with a 70-65 win. On Friday night, the Sailors went to Grand Rapids Christian to take on the undefeated Eagles. South Christian held a 27-26 lead at halftime, but the pressure defense of Grand Rapids Christian was too much, as the Eagles fell 58-49. Connor Dykema led South with 12 points, while Tyler Buwalda added 11. This week, South will travel to Calvin Christian on Tuesday before hosting Wyoming on Friday.
This week, Rockford had just one game. The Rams travelled to West Ottawa to take on the Panthers, a 9-3 basketball team. It was a tough road trip in which the two teams went back and forth all night, before Rockford fell three points short, a 45-42 defeat. It’s another light week for the Rams, as they will have until Friday to prepare for a road game against Grandville, who enters this week with a 1-11 mark.
Redhawk Showcase Recap
The MSR team was live at all six of the games that took place in the Redhawk Showcase yesterday.
In the first game, Flint Carman Ainsworth took down the host Grand Rapids Union 70-53. Danyel Bibbs led Grand Rapids Union with 24 points. Patrick Hollis led FCA with 18 points.
Game number two saw Grand Rapids Christian take down Farmington 69-54, a nice victory to move their record to 13-0. While Kobe Bufkin continued to play well (17 points), the star of the show was Donovan Brown-Boyd, who scored 21 points.
In the third game, Hudsonville’s undefeated start was halted. The Eagles lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 65-47. A nine minute drought without a field goal was too much for Hudsonville to overcome, and as a result they slide to 11-1 on the year. Johnny Miller led Hudsonville with 10 points, while Lorne Bowman II led all scorers with 23 points.
The best game of the day came between Detroit Cass Tech and East Kentwood. The Falcons took a 28-24 lead, before the Technicians outscored them by four in the second half to force overtime. In the extra frame, Cass Tech was able to come away with a 58-57 victory. Ja’Moni Jones was the star of the show, showing his explosive play with a 26-point affair.
Muskegon moved their record to 10-1 on the season, taking game number five over Saginaw. The Big Reds were able to win 77-74, behind stellar play of Vernon Nash and Jarvis Walker. Nash led all scorers with 27 points, while Jarvis Walker added 25.
In the finale of the night, it was the most anticipated game of the Showcase. The defending Division 1 state champion Ypsilanti Lincoln took on Benton Harbor in a game that pitted two of the state’s elite players in Emoni Bates and Carlos ‘Scooby’ Johnson. The leading scorer in this game was Emoni Bates with 27, and he added 14 rebounds, and Scooby added 19 points and 17 rebounds. The Tigers got the victory in this game, a 79-51 game to defeat the Railsplitters for the second straight season.
Games This Week
Allendale vs Holland
Coopersville vs Kent City
East Kentwood vs Northview
Fruitport vs Holton
Forest Hills Northern vs Wayland
West Catholic vs Hamilton
Calvin Christian vs South Christian
Hopkins vs Plainwell
Lowell vs Caledonia
Western Michigan Christian vs Mona Shores
Sparta vs Belding
Wyoming vs Forest Hills Central
Kelloggsville vs Comstock Park
Caledonia vs Hudsonville
Cedar Springs vs Forest Hills Northern
East Grand Rapids vs Forest Hills Eastern
Grand Haven vs West Ottawa
Covenant Christian vs Mona Shores
Forest Hills Central vs Greenville
Kenowa Hills vs Fruitport
Northpointe Christian vs Calvin Christian
Northview vs Lowell
Ottawa Hills vs Lansing Everett
South Christian vs Wyoming
Grand Rapids Union vs Muskegon
West Catholic vs Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Grandville vs Rockford
Holland vs Hamilton
Unity Christian vs Holland Christian
Jenison vs Reeths-Puffer
Saranac vs Belding
Sparta vs Comstock Park
Spring Lake vs Allendale
Wayland vs Middleville
Godwin Heights vs Hopkins
Kelloggsville vs Wyoming Lee
Zeeland West vs Zeeland East
Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs Benton Harbor
Ottawa Hills vs Detroit Cornerstone Health & Technology
Muskegon vs Grand Blanc