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Forest Hills Northern 73 Lowell 33: The Huskies completed the three-game sweep against the Red Arrows to advance to the district championship game. FHN got out to a hot start and never looked back.
Forest Hills Central 56 Northview 49: The Rangers went on the road and edged Northview to punch their ticket to the district championship game. Jacob Bonnett led FHC with 20 points, while Jonah Spates chipped in 15 points. This was the third win by FHC over Northview this year.
FINALS: Forest Hills Central (12-4) vs Forest Hills Northern (13-1)
Grand Haven 67 Mona Shores 41: The Bucs built a 20-6 first quarter lead, stretched that to a 43-19 halftime advantage, and cruised to a victory over the Sailors.
Muskegon 67 Reeths-Puffer 58: The Big Reds won the rubber match to clinch a spot in the district title game. Jordan Briggs (19), Fred Hull (13) and Ethan Hill (10) all finished with double-digit scoring totals for Muskegon. Kendall Smith scored 24 points for Puffer, while Kaleb Mitchelson and Travis Ambrose each chipped in 12.
FINALS: Muskegon (13-6) vs Grand Haven (10-5)
Zeeland East 61 Zeeland West 27: The Chix completed the season sweep of the Dux to advance to the district finals. Trip Riemersma scored 20 points, eclipsing the 1,000 career point mark in the process. Nate Claerbaut chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Claerbaut added 10.
West Ottawa 42 Hudsonville 39: The Panthers and Eagles needed overtime to decide the winner of their district semifinal. Hudsonville led 19-14 at halftime, but West Ottawa jumped ahead by two after the third quarter. The game was sent to the extra period tied at 34, and Kobe Haglund’s three-pointer served as the game-winner.
FINALS: Zeeland East (17-0) vs West Ottawa (13-4)
East Grand Rapids 54 Wyoming 52: The Pioneers and Wolves battled all night in the district semifinals. Wyoming held a one-point lead in the final minute of the game, but Andrew Caswell hit a wide-open triple at the top of the key to propel the Pioneers in front. A last second scoop shot fell off the mark and EGR escaped with a victory.
Caledonia 59 Ottawa Hills 54: The Fighting Scots battled the Bengals in the district semifinals. Caledonia completed a road victory to punch their ticket to the district title game for the first time since 2003. It was 10-10 after the first quarter, and the offenses found their groove to result in a 24-19 Caledonia halftime lead. Ottawa Hills opened the second half with a 9-2 lead, but the Fighting Scots responded with a 12-2 run (sparked by 8 points from Kobe VanderWoude and a baseline slam from Andrew Larson). Caledonia led by six after the third quarter, and held on throughout the final frame for victory. Kobe VanderWoude led the Fighting Scots with 21 points, while Paul Voegler added 20. Nick Henry chipped in 4 points and 10 rebounds. Santana Phillips (21) and Kamarion Beal (10) led the Bengals in defeat.
FINALS: East Grand Rapids (6-5) vs Caledonia (10-6)
Coldwater 73 Sturgis 69: The Cardinals needed overtime, but they were able to take down Sturgis and clinch a spot in the district finals. Ethan Crabtree had a great game for Coldwater with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Sloan added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas Kurowski led Sturgis with 26 points.
Battle Creek Central 48 Gull Lake 43: The Bearcats Revenge Tour continued on Thursday night as they made their way to the district title game. Gull Lake had beaten BCC by twenty-five points earlier this season.
FINALS: Coldwater (12-4) vs Battle Creek Central (3-9)
Cadillac 58 Big Rapids 38: The Vikings won all four quarters on their way to a twenty-point victory against the Cardinals.
Ludington 49 Benzie Central 45: The Orioles slipped past Benzie Central in a semifinal game on Thursday night. Benzie Central won the first and third quarter by a basket, but Ludington’s victory in the other two quarters allowed them to emerge with a victory. David Shillinger (20) and Peyton LaCombe (18) led Ludington, while Benzie Central was led by Nate Childers (15) and Quinn Zickert (13).
FINALS: Ludington (11-5) vs Cadillac (10-6)
Shepherd 63 Tri-County 53
Alma 83 Central Montcalm 51: Alma got out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and they never looked back.
FINALS: Shepherd (8-8) vs Alma (11-4)
Carrollton 75 Swan Valley 54
Freeland 58 Essexville Garber 53
FINALS: Freeland (13-4) vs Carrollton (11-4)
Frankenmuth 61 Saginaw 39: The Eagles took down the Trojans in a district semifinal. Frankenmuth led by just two points at halftime, but they dominated in the second half to the tune of a 33-15 edge to capture the victory. Ryan Brenner scored a game-high 21 points for Frankenmuth, and he added 13 rebounds. Ben Reinert scored 11 points and recorded 13 rebounds. Riley Roy was also in double figures with 17 points. Lavell Brodnex led Saginaw in defeat with 19.
Bridgeport 67 Clio 39
FINALS: Frankenmuth (14-1) vs Bridgeport (13-2)
Whitehall 41 Montague 26: The Vikings completed a three-game season sweep of rival Montague to secure a spot in the district finals. Whitehall scored in double figures in the first three quarters, while holding Montague to single digits, creating a 44-21 advantage. The Vikings were efficient offensively with 38% field goal percentage and a 35% three-point percentage. Whitehall also dominated the glass with a 37-21 edge. Dayton Cole led Whitehall with 10 points, while Evan Mikkelson added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Tugg Nichols led Montague in defeat with 8 points.
FINALS: Whitehall (13-3) vs Spring Lake (6-10)
Fremont 47 Comstock Park 45
Coopersville 79 Grant 48
FINALS: Fremont (14-4) vs Coopersville (13-5)
Unity Christian 60 West Catholic 43: The Falcons, trying to avenge defeat against Unity, held a four-point lead as the teams broke for halftime. A strong second half carried the Crusaders to victory and to Saturday’s title game.
GR Catholic Central 76 Forest Hills Eastern 59: The Cougars completed the three-game season sweep of FHE to remain unbeaten and secure a spot in Saturday’s title game. Kaden Brown led GRCC with 21 points, while Daane Harvey topped the FHE tally with 25.
FINALS: GR Catholic Central (14-0) vs Unity Christian (16-2)
South Christian 79 Godwin Heights 49: The Sailors cruised to a blowout victory of Godwin Heights on Thursday night, punching their ticket to the title game. It was 19-10 after the first quarter, before a 20-12 second quarter pushed their lead out further. Jake DeHaan led South Christian with 18 points, while Connor Dykema added 17 points. Elliot Grashuis added 9 rebounds. Damarie Thompson and Jakhari Towns each scored 12 points in defeat for Godwin Heights.
GR Christian 74 West Michigan Aviation Academy 48: GRC got out to a hot start in this game and never looked back, clinching their spot in Saturday’s district final. Delon McCloud and Donovan Brown-Boyd each scored 18 points for the Eagles, while Joey Riebel added 14 points to lead WMAA.
FINALS: South Christian (16-2) vs GR Christian (9-2)
Stevensville Lakeshore 70 Niles 50
Buchanan 51 Edwardsburg 44
FINALS: Stevensville Lakeshore (11-2) vs Buchanan (11-5)
Benton Harbor 76 Allegan 27: Benton Harbor had little trouble with Allegan as they punched their ticket to Saturday’s title game. Javaughn Kuykendoll led Benton Harbor with 14 points.
Holland Christian 68 Coloma 55: The Maroons upset the Comets on their own home court to advance to the championship game on Saturday. Jalen Overway (Holland Christian) and Drew Goodline (Coloma) each paced their team with 25 points.
FINALS: Benton Harbor (14-2) vs Coloma (14-4)
Wayland 54 Plainwell 49: The Wildcats recorded their third win and clinched a spot in the district finals. Justin Holtz led Wayland with 18, while Austin Reeder chipped in 14.
Hopkins 62 Otsego 61: The 10-2 Bulldogs were sent home earlier than expected with a stunning defeat at the hands of Hopkins. Trailing 61-59, the Vikings tossed an inbounds to Colin Weber, who dribbled toward the left corner and lofted a triple that landed through the net for a game-winner.
FINALS: Hopkins (9-7) vs Wayland (3-10)
Paw Paw 69 Vicksburg 62: This one needed overtime, but in the extra frame the Red Wolves secured a victory. Paw Paw dominated at the free throw line, shooting 10/12 in overtime. Finlay Tate was 11/12 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and overtime on his way to 16 points. Caleb Bowen led Paw Paw with 18 points.
Parchment 39 Three Rivers 35
FINALS: Parchment (13-3) vs Paw Paw (8-7)
Mason County Central 55 Hart 31: The Spartans secured a district championship by edging the Pirates in a WMC rematch. Hart won twice in the regular season by double digits, but MCC got revenge and a championship. MCC led 28-24 at halftime, and they put on an offensive fury on the scoreboard to emerge victorious.
Holton 42 Western Michigan Christian 40: The Red Devils avenged a regular season defeat with a narrow victory over WMC in the district semifinals. WMC got out to a blistering start, taking an 18-5 lead after the first quarter of play. Holton was resilient, winning the next two quarters 14-6 and 16-8 to create a three-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The Red Devils would hold on throughout the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Wyatt Monette led Holton with 21 points, while Aidan Poling chipped in 13 points. Owen Varnado and Micah TerHaar each had 11 for WMC.
North Muskegon 65 Ravenna 55: The Norsemen lost twice to Ravenna in the regular season, both time by ten points. On Thursday night, they flipped the script and secured a ten-point victory. North Muskegon led early in the first quarter, but a 10-0 run propelled Ravenna in front 29-27 at halftime. A strong third quarter gave NM a seven-point lead, and they expanded on the lead in the final frame. Denny Belmonte led the Norsemen with 16 points, while Troy McManus had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brennan Pannucci finished in double figures as well with 10. Dom Jones hit six triples to lead Ravenna with 18 points, while Joel Emery chipped in 13.
FINALS: Holton (15-5) vs North Muskegon (8-8)
Pewamo-Westphalia 65 Northpointe Christian 49
Carson City-Crystal 42 Kent City 39
FINALS: Pewamo-Westphalia (11-2) vs Carson City-Crystal (13-5)
Fennville 67 Saugatuck 37
Covenant Christian 62 Calvin Christian 54
FINALS: Covenant Christian (12-6) vs Fennville (14-3)
McBain Northern Michigan Christian 65 Marion 36
Baldwin 66 Pentwater 48
FINALS; Baldwin (13-1) vs McBain Northern Michigan Christian (11-2)
Fulton 59 Vestaburg 36
Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart 64 Coleman 28
FINALS: Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart (16-1) vs Fulton (7-5)
Holland Calvary 44 Muskegon Catholic Central 42: Holland Calvary slipped past Muskegon Catholic Central in a “Battle of the Crusaders” on Thursday night. Holland Calvary captures their first district championship since 1997-98.
Tri-Unity 83 West Michigan Lutheran 22: The Defenders dominated the Mustangs in the district semifinals. After the first quarter, it was 18-8 Tri-Unity. A remarkable offensive run ensued, as Tri-Unity scored the next 39 points unanswered to create a 57-8 lead with two minutes to go in the third quarter. WML scored to snap the drought, but it was 61-11 after the third quarter. The Mustangs doubled their score in the fourth quarter, but the game was handily decided.
Martin 61 Kalamazoo Heritage Christian 43
FINALS: Tri-Unity (9-2) vs Martin (6-6)