But a 14-2 Muskegon run to start the third quarter gave the Big Reds an eight-point lead. The Bucs could never get it back to closer than six after that, falling to the state’s top-ranked team, 55-45.
“It was the game in terms of winning and losing,” said Grand Haven coach Steve Hewitt of that run. “It’s something we talked about (at halftime) too. We knew they were going to come out with emotion, and we just didn’t match it."
It was an energetic crowd in the fairly packed fieldhouse Friday, still buzzing after a big win by the Buccaneers’ girls over the Big Reds earlier in the night. The pep band got things warmed up, and the Grand Haven student section was prepared to go to work, decked out in construction gear.
Tom Izzo sat courtside to see one of his commits, Muskegon junior center Deyonta Davis.
Early on, Grand Haven put on a show.
Point guard Noah Lein found his way into the paint for the games’ first basket, and swingman Connor Grimes’ 3-pointer gave the Bucs a 5-0 lead.
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