Visiting Western Michigan Christian fell behind 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and couldn't catch up, falling 60-52 to Holland Christian in a boys basketball showdown at the Civic Center.
The Warriors, now 11-5 on the season, cut the deficit to 31-24 at intermission, but trailed 47-33 going into the final quarter. The Warriors outscored the Maroons 19-13 the last period, but it wasn't enough.
“It was a physical game,” WMC coach Kyle Mastenbrook said. “We were out of position too much early and that got us into a hole. They were able to take advantage of it.”
WMC junior Bernard Smith had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Nate Taylor added eight points while James Jackson, Logan Waller and Henry DeKam scored seven each.
Holland Christian was led by Jonathon Hop with 12 points and Kyle Steigenga with 11.
“They played well,” Mastenbrook said. “They had a lot of guys contribute and they hit some big buckets when we trying to make a run.
“We just dug ourselves a hole and were not able to get out of it. We fought all the way through it and I was proud of that.”
MAKE-UP GAMES WITH TRI-UNITY
All four make-up games at Tri-Unity will be played Saturday, Feb. 23. The JV girls game will start the day at 2 p.m., followed by varsity girls at 3:30 p.m. JV boys will play at 5 p.m., and the varsity boys will tip off at 7 p.m.
CARLSON REACHES MILESTONE IN VICTORY
Mark Carlson scored his 1,000th career point, helping Fruitport Calvary Christian soar to a 51-46 victory on Tuesday.
Carlson scored 17 of his 18 points after halftime and also had four assists for Cavlary Christian, which is now just a game behind league-leading Holland Black River in the Alliance League. The Eagles face Black River on Friday with a chance to draw even in the conference race.
Michael Warren finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds for FCC, which used an 11-0 third-quarter run to take control of the game.