But in the end, the Buccaneers succumbed to pressure and a late charge from the Maroons.
Holland Christian overcame a 10-point deficit to Grand Haven in the fourth quarter to score a 51-49 victory over the visiting Bucs in the season opener for both teams at the Holland Civic Center, 51-49.
Kyle Steigenga, a senior forward, led all players with 17 points, including nine in the final three minutes. He hit two free throws with less than 10 seconds to go to give the Maroons the lead, and the win.
“I thought we were taking good shots and we talked about their length and how it was going to be difficult to get offensive rebounds, so we really had to take good shots,” Grand Haven coach Steve Hewitt said. “I thought we were doing that and the freshman kid came in and played outstanding. I didn’t expect that.”
Ross Koella, a freshman forward, finished with eight points while operating down low against Holland Christian players two inches taller. Koella scored six quick points to help Grand Haven jump out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
The Buccaneers never relinquished the lead until the end. After one half, Grand Haven led 25-19.
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