Buccaneers’ coach Steve Hewitt blamed his team’s 35-20 halftime deficit on a lackluster effort on the defensive end.
“They got some transition baskets off either us not getting back or on turnovers,” Hewitt said. “That was big. Plus, we just weren’t defending with a lot of energy. We weren’t making it tough on them.”
Grand Haven picked up the defensive intensity after halftime, but couldn’t convert consistently on offense.
“We had a lot of chances in the second half to cut the lead, but either we would shoot quickly or take a poor shot,” Hewitt said.
Melvin Harris and Miles Robinson each scored 15 points for East Kentwood, which improves to 6-0 on the season.
Grand Haven, playing its first game since a win over Spring Lake Dec. 20, got 21 points from Alex Eidson. Ethan Groothuis added seven points for the Bucs, who are now 2-3 overall.
Jeremy Lattig, Brent Boerma and Eidson each had five assists, and Matt Kroll had three steals.
Matt Davis saw his first action of the season and played well off the bench, according to Hewitt.
The Bucs play at Muskegon on Friday.
TROJANS START SLOWLY
Coopersville jumped out to a 37-18 halftime lead and cruised to a 61-48 victory over visiting Fruitport on Tuesday.
“Coopersville continuously took the ball into the lane on the drive and scored,” Trojans’ coach Bill Andree said. “Our gap defense was, in short, awful.”
The Trojans’ Mike Reyes had a fantastic outing with 18 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Amilio Flores added nine points and six rebounds, while Tyler Fehler added seven points and five assists.
The Trojans visit Orchard View on Friday.
SMITH POWERS WMC
The Warriors broke open a game tied 28-28 at intermission and led 48 to 37 going into the fourth quarter en route to a 62-46 win over Freedom. The Warriors are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Sophomore Bernard Smith led the way with 32 points and nine rebounds. John Waller put in 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while James Jackson grabbed 10 boards.
Junior Varsity: WMC moved its season mark to 4-0 with a 57-22 win. Chaise Schuiteman had 19 points and five steals, Alex Rop had nine points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Jason Normandin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Logan Waller had eight points.