Hudsonville used a quick 6-0 spurt to turn a four-point lead into a 10-point advantage and held on for a 54-45 win over Grand Haven.
The Bucs trailed 14-5 after the first quarter, but got back to within four points early in the second half.
“We played well to get back in it,” said Bucs’ coach Steve Hewitt, whose team is now 9-8 overall and 7-5 in O-K Red play. “We did some really good things defensively. Coming out in the second half, we had the ball with a chance to cut it to two, but some turnovers and missed easy shots, then we took some poor shots, they capitalized and we’re down 10.”
The Bucs couldn’t compete with the Eagles on the boards and Hudsonville collected 11 offensive rebounds. B.J. VanLoo and Hunter Prince were especially effective on the boards for the home team.
“Several of those led to baskets or free throws,” Hewitt said.
Hudsonville’s 6-foot, 6-inch forward Blake Hibbitts led his team offensively with 16 points. He hit a key 3-pointer in the third quarter and also went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Alex Eidson paced the Bucs with a game-high 21 points. Sean Steffel and Jeremy Lattig each added seven points. Hewitt said his team simply wasn’t clicking offensively.