Two buzzer beaters — one from three-quarters court — as well as a monster dunk propelled Western Michigan Christian’s boys basketball team to a 55-48 win over host Muskegon Catholic Central Friday evening.
Henry DeKam, who finished the night with 21 points, including 10 in the opening period, hit a buzzer beater to end the first half, putting WMC up 24-20.
Bernard Smith also slammed down an alley-oop pass from Christian Brower to give the Warriors some momentum in the second quarter.
MCC took the lead in the third period at 33-32 on a three-pointer by Adam Callow and later increased the margin to six points. The Warriors fought back and took the ball out of bounds under Catholic's basket with 1.8 second left in the third. They in-bounded the ball to Nate Taylor who let one fly from three-quarters court. It hit off the backboard and in to tie the game at 40 going into the final period.
Taylor, who finished with 14 points, including three treys, iced the game for the Warriors by making 5-of-6 free throws in the closing moments. He also dished out three assists. Smith finished the game with eight points and 12 rebounds, while DeKam grabbed eight boards.
The Warriors move to 9-3 on the season and 2-1 in the conference.
Junior Varsity: WMC won 41-29. James Godwin led the way with 13 points while Devin Eekhoff put in 9 points and Jared Varnado added 8.
WMC GIRLS WIN IN ROUT
Western Michigan Christian's Lady Warriors were operating on all cylinders Friday night as they moved into sole position of first place in the River Valley Conference with a 50-33 win over host Muskegon Catholic Central.
The Lady Warriors raced out to a 14-6 first quarter lead, made it 34-11 at halftime, and led 47-15 going into the final period.
The Warriors cleared their bench and MCC outscored WMC 18-3 the final quarter.
WMC moves to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference while MCC goes to 7-2 and 2-1 in the conference.
Rachel Bruinsma scored 12 points, all in the first half, and Vanessa Eekhoff added eight points, snared 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. Jessica Knoll and Julie Merz each added eight points each, and Alyssa Wright put up six. Merz also dished out 5 assists.
Junior Varsity: WMC led 12-8 at intermission, but Muskegon Catholic raced back the second half and took a 35-16 win. Melanie Weesies led WMC with six points.