Pounding the ball inside helped Fruitport build a big lead in Tuesday’s Lakes Eight Conference showdown with Orchard View.
But it was a big shot from 3-point range that helped the Trojans quiet a late Cardinals’ rally and pave the way for a 62-42 Fruitport win.
Leading 45-24 late in the third quarter, the Trojans watched as the visiting Cardinals caught fire from long range, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers, then slashing to the basket for several inside buckets. All told, the Cardinals — who entered the game winless on the season — put together a 15-0 run from the end of the third quarter into the fourth, trimming the Trojans’ lead to six, 45-39.
Fruitport’s Antonio Flores ended the streak when he split a pair of free throws. After his miss, the ball was controlled by Fruitport and fired out to Luke Brown, who swished a 3-pointer to bump the Trojans’ lead back to 10.
“That was a big shot,” said Brown, who finished with a game-high 19 points. “That shot kind of trigged our defense, and we came down and got some stops, got some steals.”
The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for the Trojans, who improve to 6-9 on the season and 3-6 in Lakes Eight play.
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