It took a little longer than he would have liked, but Western Michigan Christian's Kyle Mastenbrook finally has the monkey off his back.
His first win as the Warriors' varsity boys basketball coach is under his belt.
“That was fun,” Mastenbrook said after guiding WMC to a 62-52 victory over non-conference foe Fruitport inside Western Michigan Christian High School on Tuesday. “Hopefully I can stick around long enough to get about 500 more.”
WMC is now 1-2 overall after opening with non-conference losses to Grandville Calvin Christian and Wyoming Kelloggsville.
The fresh-faced Mastenbrook has a long ways to go to catch the coach he replaced at WMC, Jim Goorman. Goorman, who did not have his contract renewed by the school in June, compiled 510 wins at the varsity level in 33 seasons as the Warriors’ varsity coach.
Mastenbrook said he gained valuable insight to coaching from Goorman as WMC's freshman coach last year, making the transition to becoming a first-year varsity coach that much smoother.
If the rookie coach continues to get double-double production from 6-foot-5 center Bernard Smith, it will be a lot of smooth sailing going forward. Fruitport had no answer for the 275-pound junior on Tuesday, as he finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Smith missed a portion of the school day with a high fever and didn't start on Tuesday, but played like he was 100 percent against the Trojans.
Fruitport was without the services of its own big man in the middle, 6-4, 270-pound Amilio Flores, who injured his ankle in Friday's loss at Fremont. As a result, the Trojans didn't have any brawn to keep Smith out of the paint and from creating several second- and third-chance scoring opportunities.
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