WOLAK: The missing piece

At the girls postseason approaches, Tribune writer takes on the role of Jigsaw Man
Nich Wolak
Feb 21, 2014

Perhaps more than any other sport, basketball is a game of chemistry. While it certainly helps to have the five best players on the court, talent can be diminished if certain roles aren’t filled, and if others bleed together. You might say the game is like a puzzle — you want the pieces to fit together as snuggly as possible.

This school year’s basketball season has been kind to the Tribune’s coverage area teams, as Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport all have winning records. But even the strongest of teams have a chip in their armor.

In homage to Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis’ annual Jigsaw Man column, I’ll take a lighthearted look at who each team might like to rent for a strong finish in conference and district play, and attempt to answer the age-old sports question of what if?

The moving players are not necessarily the three best in the area (although unlike Davis’ column which only uses role players, they are certainly in the conversation), but they are just what the doctor ordered to give a boost to three already pretty strong teams.

Merz could do it all for Fruitport

Brown perfect No. 3 scoring option for Spring Lake

Grand Haven craves Zuidema’s post presence

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