Host Western Michigan Christian moved into sole possession of first place in the River Valley Conference Friday with a hard-fought 47-41 win over league foe and cross-town rival Muskegon Catholic.
WMC moves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference while MCC drops to 5-2 and 1-2 in league play.
The Warriors had a 10-point lead, 38-28, heading into the final quarter, but the Crusaders came racing back to start the final frame. A bucket by Ian Tyler with 5:25 left in the game brought MCC within one point, 38-37.
Warrior Alex Rop hit one of two free throws with 1:30 left to put WMC up 43-41. The Warriors stole the ball and sophomore James Godwin got loose for a dunk to put WMC up 45-41. Rop finished the scoring with two free throws to end the game.
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