A fantastic defensive effort and some aggressive offensive play from Noah Lein led Grand Haven’s varsity boys basketball team to a 37-29 win at Hudsonville Unity Christian on Tuesday.
Lein scored 16 points for the Buccaneers, who are now 9-10 heading into Thursday’s regular-season finale at Kenowa Hills. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, while the rest of his baskets came on aggressive moves to the basket.
“Noah was really attacking the basket,” Bucs’ coach Steve Hewitt said. “He does a good job of getting into the paint and shooting over people with his size.
“They play a different style where they switch a lot, and they do a good job of taking away anything easy. You really have to make a lot of reads offensively, and we did a really good job of that.”
The Bucs’ problem was converting on those chances — they missed way too many shots from the paint, according to Hewitt.
Fortunately, the defense was there to bail out the Bucs, who allowed just four points in each the second and the fourth quarters.
“We played really hard, and just guarded them really well,” Hewitt said. “We picked them up and pretty much pressured them the whole game. Our guys did a really good job making it tough on them every possession.”
Chad Mattson played well defensively and also provided a spark on offense, tossing in four points, while Isaak Newhouse scored five. Korey Searle was outstanding on both sides of the ball and on the glass, while Adam Abraham was aggressive on offense, despite finishing with just four points.
Michael Wilkes led Unity Christian (9-10) with 11 points.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven knocked off Unity Christian, 47-37. Zac Holman finished with 15 points and four assists, while Jason Long and Tyler Wiedeman each scored six. Levi Overway snared eight boards for the Bucs (13-6).