WMC routed by rival Tri-Unity Christian
Western Michigan Christian ran into a buzz saw Thursday in their final regular-season game, losing to No. 1 ranked-Class D Tri-Unity Christian, 58-36.
The Defenders hardly missed a shot in the opening quarter and raced out to a 20-8 lead at the first stop. They never looked back, leading 36-20 at intermission and 53-25 going into the final quarter.
Senior Joey Blauwkamp, a four-year starter for the Defenders, led Tri-Unity Christian with 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
Junior Bernard Smith led WMC with 10 points.
The Warriors (13-7, 4-4) will face Saugatuck at 6 p.m. on Monday at WMC.
HEIGHTS’ PRESS FRAZZLES FRUITPORT CALVARY
Fruitport Calvary Christian found out what it was like to deal with 32 minutes of pressure on Thursday at Muskegon Heights Academy.
The Tigers’ relentless full-court pressure forced the Eagles into 13 first-quarter turnovers and several easy layups for Heights, resulting in a 94-65 final.
The loss drops Fruitport Calvary to 12-8 overall. The Eagles will receive a first-round bye in the Class D district tournament, and will likely face Muskegon Catholic Central on Wednesday.
Fruitport Calvary coach Jim Warren thought his team handled the press much better after the initial shock of facing it, but they couldn’t make up much ground on the scoreboard.
Jeffrey Jordan led the Tigers with 23 points, but Warren said Heights had numerous offensive weapons that his team couldn’t match.
Eagles’ junior center Mike Warren had a monster night with 22 points, five blocks, eight rebounds and four assists. He also created a buzz in the stands with a pair of rim-rattling dunks.
Mark Carlson added 16 points for the Eagles, and Drew Maine dished off four assists.
Fruitport finished its regular season with a 9-11 record on Thursday following its 66-49 loss to Mona Shores at Fruitport High School.
Tyler Fehler paced the Trojans with 16 points and six rebounds, while Caleb Cutler added 11.