A 33-point night by a sharp-shooting Calvin Christian guard ruined Western Michigan Christian coach Kyle Mastenbrook’s opening game as the Squires defeated the host Warriors, 71-59.
Senior Brad Visser canned eight 3-pointers on his way to 33 points. Last year he set a career-high night with a 48-point production.
“The thing with him is you can’t let him get going,” Mastenbrook said. “After he hit a couple, he felt it. We contested a lot of shots.”
Visser wasn’t a factor for the first quarter, but he took over the game the final three quarters and effectively ruined the Warriors’ home opener.
The game was tied 10-10 at the first stop, but the Squires led 29-25 at intermission and built their lead to 49-34 going into the final quarter.
Junior Bernard Smith led WMC with 16 points. Henry DeKam added 11, sophomore Jacob Ray had eight, James Jackson seven and Alex Rop had six.
“It was fun, but it wasn’t what I wanted,” said Mastenbrook, who was coaching his first-ever varsity game. “But I enjoyed it. We get another chance to go at it on Friday.”
Jerry Mastenbrook, Kyle’s father and veteran coach at Kalamazoo Christian, was in attendance along with other family members and friends.
Kyle Mastenbrook took over for veteran coach Jim Goorman, who was the Warriors’ head coach from 1979-2012.
JUNIOR VARSITY: The Warriors dropped a 56-42 decision to Calvin Christian. Jared Varnado led the way with a dozen points.
FRESHMEN: WMC defeated the Squires 49-25. Demonta Bartee led the way with 16 points followed by Jordan Rhodes and Devon Kitchen with nine each.
TROJANS WIN OPENER
Fruitport held off Ravenna to win its season-opener on Tuesday, 60-56.
The Trojans received big efforts from Amilio Flores and Tyler Fehler. Flores, a senior center, scored 18 points, while Fehler, a senior guard, added with 17.
Luke Brown chipped in with 11 points for Fruitport.
Ravenna’s Kyle VanderWoude led all scorers with 21 points.