A few days after surprising O-K Red Conference frontrunner West Ottawa, Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team has done it again.
On Tuesday, the Bucs knocked off another conference unbeaten, Hudsonville, by a score of 39-38.
“This is a big win, but right now, we’re just taking them one game at a time,” said Grand Haven coach Steve Hewitt, whose team improved to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Hudsonville had won at Grand Haven earlier in the year, 46-34, and were riding a four-game winning streak. That included a high-scoring 80-78 win over East Kentwood last Friday.
The Eagles’ 6-foot-8 center Blake Hibbits torched the Bucs for 22 points during that first meeting between the two teams. On Tuesday, the senior center was shut down by Buccaneers’ freshman Ross Koella. He limited Hibbits to just four points, and played tremendous defense in the game’s closing moments, forcing Hibbits to launch a desperation 3-pointer that didn’t come close to connecting.
“We had Ross on him for most of the game,” Hewitt said. “Ross, Nic (Holwerda) and Adam (Abraham) all did a great job. We felt like Ross was a better matchup, and he did a great job. Hibbits shot the last shot, and Ross did a really nice job of challenging it.”
“Our defense was really solid from the middle of the first quarter on,” added Hewitt, whose team limited the Eagles to just 12 points in the second half.
The Bucs also dominated offensively in the low post, led by Abraham. The junior center scored a career-best 17 points, accounting for nearly half his team’s total.
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