On the bright side, Fruitport’s varsity boys basketball team only allowed one offensive rebound in the second half of Wednesday night’s rescheduled basketball showdown against Coopersville.
Unfortunately, that statistic is skewed by the fact that Coopersville didn’t miss many shots, including a perfect shooting percentage in the fourth quarter.
The visiting Broncos scorched the nets in the final frame, breaking open a 32-32 tie with a 9-2 run to open the third and coasting to a 49-42 victory.
Coopersville’s run was actually 11-2, considering the Broncos scored the final bucket of the third on a long jumper by Joseph Dekkenga in the final second of the quarter.
Dekkenga and Alec Wysocki then buried jumpers to start the fourth quarter to put the visiting team ahead for good.
That pair of sharp-shooting guards scored 18 points each, accounting for 36 of the Broncos’ 49 points.
“We only gave up one offensive rebound in the second half, but I’m not sure if that’s us boxing out or them not missing,” said Trojans’ coach Adam Anspach, whose team falls to 4-6 on the season. “That No. 2 (Wysocki) hit two big 3’s over here where we just didn’t slide over in time, and then on offense, we needed to find something and we missed some open shots.”
The Trojans’ offense kept pace for the first three quarters, but stalled in the fourth. On one possession, with Fruitport trailing by just two points early in the fourth, the Trojans had four or five chances to score from close range, but couldn’t put the ball in the basket. Coopersville finally secured the rebound and pushed the ball ahead to Wysocki, who swished a triple for a 39-34 lead.
Coopersville finished with 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Luke Brown was the most consistent source of offense for Fruitport as he finished with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and he also grabbed four rebounds.
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