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Lowell 45 Cedar Springs 42
Northview 79 Greenville 48
Forest Hills Central 52 Rockford 51: The Rangers edged the Rams in a thrilling opening round contest. Rockford held a six-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but FHC mounted a rally that featured a 14-0 run. With fifteen seconds to go, Chris Battiste delivered the game-winner on an inbounds pass from Peyton Bush. Rockford had a final chance to take the lead back, but they were unable. Jonah Spates led FHC with 19 points, including some clutch three-pointers late in this game. Connor Milton added 15, while Jacob Bonnett finished with 12. Sam Krist paced Rockford with 20 points.
SF: Forest Hills Northern (12-1) faces Lowell (3-11); Forest Hills Cent. (11-4) faces Northview (8-5)
Reeths-Puffer 49 Kenowa Hills 47
SF: Muskegon (12-6) faces Reeths-Puffer (9-9); Grand Haven (9-5) faces Mona Shores (2-14)
Zeeland West 57 Grandville 54: The Dux edged out the Bulldogs in the opening round on Tuesday. Carson Gulker led Zeeland West with 18 points, while Landon Regnerus (14) and Tommy Gregwer (13) paced Grandville in scoring.
Hudsonville 60 Jenison 45: The Eagles built a 28-11 halftime lead, and they never looked back as they cruised to their third win over Jenison this year. The Wildcats end the year 0-16.
West Ottawa 47 Holland 33: The Panthers defeated the crosstown Dutch in a playoff opener. West Ottawa was led by Collin Shriver (11) and Kegan Garcia (10).
SF: Zeeland East (16-0) faces Zeeland West (9-7); Hudsonville (12-6) faces West Ottawa (12-4)
Wyoming 54 Byron Center 53: The host Wolves edged the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to advance to the district semifinals. It was a close game throughout, but late game execution carried Wyoming.
Ottawa Hills 60 Middleville 55
Caledonia 53 East Kentwood 49: The Fighting Scots and Falcons battled in their playoff opener on Tuesday night. Caledonia led by five at halftime, but East Kentwood went on a 17-6 third quarter run to take a lead entering the final frame. Chris Brown went on a 9-0 run in the third to spark the Falcons, but Liam Mulnix broke a 12-0 team run with a big basket. With just over a minute to go, Koby VanderWoude made a layup to put Caledonia ahead by two. EK missed the front end of a free throw, and Caledonia did the same with 32 seconds left. With six seconds to go, EK turned the ball over under their basket. Liam Mulnix sealed the victory with two late free throws. Caledonia was led by Kobe VanderWoude with 27 points and Nick Henry with 9 points and 9 rebounds. East Kentwood was led by Marshaun Flakes (17) and Chris Brown (13).
SF: Wyoming (7-8) faces East GR (5-5); Caledonia (9-6) faces Ottawa Hills (7-10)
Battle Creek Central 44 Battle Creek Lakeview 39: After losing twice to the Spartans by ten points in the regular season, the Bearcats got revenge in the postseason. This five point win, BCC’s second of the year, propelled Battle Creek Central to the district semifinals.
SF: Coldwater (11-4) faces Sturgis (6-4); Gull Lake (12-4) faces Battle Creek Central (2-9)
Cadillac 55 Reed City 35: The Vikings led by just five after the first quarter, but they continued to extend their lead in each of the remaining quarters to advance to the semifinals.
SF: Big Rapids (16-1) faces Cadillac (9-6); Benzie Central (10-8) faces Ludington (10-5)
Central Montcalm 69 Belding 52: The Hornets secured a victory to advance to the district semifinals. Cole Olson led Central Montcalm with 26 points, 5 rebounds and a new school-record 8 steals. Trey Chapin chipped in 19 points and Blake Gilford added 11.
SF: Tri-County (6-6) faces Shepherd (7-8); Central Montcalm (5-12) faces Alma (10-4)
Swan Valley 62 Bay City John Glenn 56
Essexville Garber 70 Midland Bullock Creek 51
SF: Carrollton (10-4) faces Swan Valley (5-13); Freeland (12-4) faces Essexville Garber (4-8)
Saginaw 74 Birch Run 34
Clio 79 Caro 46: The Mustangs dominated Caro in the opening round of the playoffs. Logan McNiel led the way with 40 points for Clio, while Nathan Reynolds added 11.
SF: Frankenmuth (13-1) faces Saginaw (6-5); Bridgeport (12-2) faces Clio (7-6)
Montague 66 Oakridge 63: The Wildcats and Eagles played a thriller on Tuesday night. Oakridge jumped out to a 22-12 lead after the first quarter and a 33-21 lead at halftime. Montague won each quarter in the second half 17-11 to even the score at 55 and force overtime. Tugg Nichols was the hero in the extra frame, as he hit a triple on the baseline with two seconds to play. Nichols finished with 15 points, while Drew Collins had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Owen Raeth was the third Wildcat in double figures, as he had 13 points.
Spring Lake 60 Fruitport 48: The Lakers advance to the district semifinals after taking down the rival Trojans. Jackson Core led Spring Lake with 28 points.
SF: Orchard View (17-1) faces Spring Lake (5-10); Whitehall (12-3) faces Montague (11-5)
Comstock Park 43 Sparta 31: The Panthers avenged a ten-point defeat in the regular season opener, capturing a twelve-point victory in the opening round of the postseason.
Grant 59 Newaygo 56: It was the rubber match between these CSAA Gold foes, and the Tigers secured a victory and a berth to the semifinals.
SF: Fremont (13-4) faces Comstock Park (7-6); Coopersville (12-5) faces Grant (9-9)
Forest Hills Eastern 63 Allendale 50
SF: Unity Christian (15-2) faces West Catholic (10-7); GR Catholic Central (13-0) faces FHE (12-5)
South Christian 66 Kelloggsville 20: The Sailors cruised to a victory in the district opener. South Christian raced out to a lead that forced a running clock in the second half. Elliott Grashuis and Sam Meengs each scored 11 points for the victors.
SF: South Christian (15-2) faces Godwin Heights (10-0); GR Christian (8-2) faces WMAA (12-5)
Niles 57 Berrien Springs 55: The Vikings trailed 21-9 after the first quarter, but they fought their way back into this game. In the end, they outlasted Berrien Springs to advance to the semis.
Buchanan 71 Dowagiac 45: It was a close game after the first quarter, with Buchanan holding a 18-13 lead. They then went on a 20-2 run during the second quarter to create separation. They coasted in the second half to a twenty-six point win.
SF: Stevensville Lakeshore (10-2) faces Niles (3-13); Edwardsburg (9-3) faces Buchanan (10-5)
Holland Christian 61 Hamilton 50
SF: Allegan (8-8) faces Benton Harbor (13-2); Coloma (13-4) faces Holland Christian (9-8)
Hopkins 54 Hastings 45
SF: Wayland (2-10) faces Plainwell (5-7); Otsego (10-2) faces Hopkins (8-7)
Parchment 87 Constantine 50
SF: Paw Paw (7-7) faces Vicksburg (1-10); Parchment (12-3) faces Three Rivers (8-3)
Mason County Central 56 Shelby 48
Hart 79 Hesperia 16: The Pirates started their playoff journey with a blowout victory against rival Hesperia. They built a 29-4 lead after the first quarter, and extended that to a 46-5 game at halftime. Mason Contreras led Hart with 12 points, as all fifteen players found the scorebook.
Finals: Mason County Central (2-12) vs Hart (5-12) (Championship on Thursday)
Holton 40 White Cloud 36: The Red Devils narrowly edged White Cloud, completing a three-game season sweep of the Indians. White Cloud led by four at halftime, but the game was tied after the third quarter. Holton outscored the Indians 10-6 in the final frame. Wyatt Monette led Holton with 16 points, while Aidan Poling added 10. Sam Venema was White Cloud’s leader with 14 points.
North Muskegon 56 Morley Stanwood 52: The Norsemen captured a victory against the Mohawks, outscoring Morley 16-12 in the fourth quarter after the game was tied at 40. The Mohawks led early, but strong shooting carried North Muskegon to a halftime lead (33-26). Troy McManus led NM with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Brennan McManus added 16 points, and Brennan Pannucci scored 8 points. Carter Veldkamp paced Morley with 22 points, while Ryland Nelson (12) and Justin Cranney (11) joined him in double figures.
SF: Holton (14-5) faces WM Christian (11-4); Ravenna (11-4) faces North Muskegon (7-8)
Northpointe Christian 78 Saranac 42
Kent City 63 Wellspring Prep 39
SF: NPC (9-7) faces Pewamo-Westphalia (10-2); Carson City Crystal (12-5) faces Kent City (7-8)
Calvin Christian 38 Potter’s House 37: The Squires and Pumas played a thrilling opening round game down in Fennville. Potter’s House held a 37-36 lead with three seconds to go, when Calvin Christian hit a pull-up jumper at the buzzer to advance. (Video Link)
Saugatuck 58 Holland Black River 43
SF: Calvin Christian (8-6) faces Covenant Christian (11-6); Saugatuck (3-12) faces Fennville (13-3)
Marion 54 Walkerville 51
Pentwater 48 Mason County Eastern 38
SF: McBain Northern MI Chr. (10-2) faces Marion (5-7); Baldwin (12-1) faces Pentwater (9-4)
Coleman 62 Big Rapids Crossroads Academy 38
SF: Vestaburg (3-14) faces Fulton (6-5); Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart (15-1) faces Coleman (6-11)
Holland Calvary 51 Fruitport Calvary Christian 41
Muskegon Catholic Central 60 Muskegon Heights 38: The Crusaders advance to Thursday’s championship game after taking down the Tigers. Tommy Kartes led the way with 30 points for MCC.
Finals: Holland Calvary (7-6) vs Muskegon Catholic Central (5-9) (Championship on Thursday)
SF: WM Lutheran (3-9) faces Tri-Unity (8-2); Martin (5-6) faces Kalamazoo Heritage (6-7)