WMC boys end road woes against Tri-Unity

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team had not defeated league foe Tri-Unity Christian in their gym for nearly 20 years.
Tribune Staff
Jan 5, 2014

That changed Saturday when the Warriors used a stifling defense and left “The Box” with a 40-33 win over the Defenders.

Tri-Unity coach Mark Keeler, who won his 500th game earlier this season, said the last time the Defenders lost to the Warriors on their home court was about 1995.

WMC trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter Saturday, but managed a 20-20 tie heading in to intermission.

Junior Jacob Ray opened the third quarter with two 3-pointers and a field goal to give the Warriors an 8-0 run. The Defenders didn’t get on the board until the last 45 seconds of the third quarter and WMC led 32-23 going into the fourth.

WMC held Tri-Unity to 13 points the second half, and nine total field goals for the game.

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WMC girls come alive second half for win

After a sluggish first half, the Warriors came to life in the second half for a 44-33 win Saturday over Tri-Unity Christian.

WMC, now 3-4 on the season, was up 8-5 at the end of the first quarter, but the Defenders tied it at 16 all going into the locker rooms.

The Warriors had a nice third quarter, pulling ahead for a 25-21 lead heading into the fourth.

WMC caught fire in the quarter, scoring 19 of their 44 points to put the game out of reach.

Anneliese DeKam led the way for the Warriors with 11 points. Lindsey Johnson added 10 points and grabbed sixed rebounds, while Jessica Knoll chipped in with eight points.

JUNIOR VARSITY BOYS: Tri-Unity won 58 to 46. Ryan Butkis led the Warriors with 14 points. Ben Mast added 13 and DeMonta Bartee also reached double-figures with 10.

FRESHMEN BOYS: WMC lost 47 to 45. Pearson VanDine led the way with 11 points, while Daniel Ray added 10 and Garrett Kraker chipped in with eight.

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