Still, Grand Haven managed to pull out a hard-fought win over a previously undefeated Kent City team, 42-39, during a showcase tournament at Davenport University on Friday.
The victory marked the fifth straight to start the year for the Bucs, and the 56th win overall. That winning streak matches the 56 straight wins recorded by the Grand Haven baseball team spanning the 1960 and 61 seasons — a state record that stood until Homer won 75 straight from 2004-05.
The Buccaneers looked to be in control against Kent City, leading by six and heading to the free throw line with a chance to pad the lead late in the fourth quarter.
A missed free throw left the door open, however, and Kent City’s McKenna Carlson drilled a 3-pointer to make it a three-point game, 42-39, with 2.3 seconds remaining.
Grand Haven got the ball inbounds, but Kent City forced a jump ball and gained possession with 1.3 seconds to play. They had a chance to tie the game with another triple, but never got a shot off in the closing second.
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