The host Trojans used a dominating defensive effort, especially in the second quarter, to pull away from Tri-County for a 50-40 victory Friday.
Fruitport trailed 17-13 at the first break, but outscored Tri-County 9-2 in the second quarter.
“We switched to a zone, and that kind of threw them off a little bit,” said Trojans’ coach Bill Andree, whose team is now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
Tyler Fehler scored a game-high 17 points for the Trojans, and also pulled down seven rebounds. Luke Brown tossed in 15, while Caleb Cutler had seven.
“Tyler did a good job getting out in transition, and he was shooting the ball well, too,” Andree said. “We knew coming in that we would have to take advantage of our quickenss, create some offense, and we were able to do that.”
Mitch Goerner scored 15 points for Tri-County, which falls to 2-2 and is 1-1 in league games.
TROJANS GIRLS CAN’T HOLD OFF VIKINGS
Fruitport varsity girls basketball coach Bob German said his squad played their best game of the season on Friday, but the Trojans were unable to hold off a late rally by visiting Tri-County in a 45-42 setback.
“We could not overcome Tri-County’s eight 3’s and our own cold shooting from the line, going 5-for-17,” German said.
Fruitport had a 18-10 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings trimmed it to 22-20 entering the half.
The Vikings connected on four 3-pointers in the third quarter to grab 32-27 lead, and then iced the victory by sinking eight clutch free throws in the fourth quarter.
Alexis Firovich was the shooting star for Tri-County with four triples and a game-high 19 points.
Senior guards Jessica Erny and Debbie Pekel each had terrific games for Fruitport, with 13 points apiece. Junior forward Francesca Cerniglia added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Fruitport has lost five games in a row after winning its season opener.