MCC, which entered the state tournament unranked, hung tough with Southfield Christian all night. Southfield built a nine-point lead, 51-42, midway through the third quarter, but the Crusaders battled back and tied the game at 66-all on Jason Ribecky’s free throw with 4 minutes remaining.
MCC then went ahead by a point on another Ribecky free throw 35 seconds later, but Southfield answered with a 3-pointer by Gavin Toma. MCC tied the game again with 1:59 remaining on Cari Campbell’s layup, but Southfield pulled away with five straight pints by Lindsey Hunter III, the son of the former Pistons’ guard.
Ribecky had a monster game inside for MCC as he finished 14-of-22 from the field and 8-of-15 from the line for a game-high 37 points. Ribecky also had seven rebounds and four blocked shots while playing all 32 minutes. Campbell and Jacob Budde each scored 13 points while Campbell snared 14 rebounds for the Crusaders (17-10).
Chris Dewberry scored 25 points, Toma added 20, and Hunter III chipped in with 16 for Southfield (23-2).
Spring Lake’s Matthew Clark and Grand Haven’s Zac VanDyke helped contribute to the Crusaders’ success this winter.
Clark played two minutes on Thursday. He was 0-of-1 from the field, missing his lone 3-point shot of the night. VanDyke did not play on Thursday.