HOLLAND — A familiar name in Holland basketball circles helped visiting Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team fend off Holland for a 47-43 win on Tuesday night.
Senior forward Ty Van Wieren scored nine of his game-high 16 points during the second half to lead the 3-0 Buccaneers.
“We gave ourselves a chance,” said Holland coach Steve Windemuller, whose team fell behind 18-9 early in the second quarter but pulled as close as one point during the fourth quarter. “We got going a little bit. We played a little harder. We played a little better.”
Van Wieren is the grandson of Clare Van Wieren — the 10th-leading scorer in Hope College men’s basketball history with 1,524 points between 1962-66.
Ty Van Wieren’s great uncle is Glenn Van Wieren, retired Hope men’s basketball coach with 660 wins and a 1,139-point scorer as a player with the Flying Dutchmen.
“He’s coming off a really good game Friday,” Grand Haven coach Steve Hewitt said of the 6-3 Van Wieren, who also grabbed 12 rebounds. “He was a big key for us. We were struggling scoring. He’s not big, but he’s an inside presence.
“He also can set up and knock down jumpers. I thought he played well on defense. He had an all-around good game.”
Forward MacKenzie Carter chipped in 12 points for Grand Haven, while guard Ethan Groothuis added eight points off the bench.
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