Muskegon Catholic Central devoted three players to slowing down Fruitport Calvary Christian’s Michael Warren, and the strategy worked.
The Crusaders held the high-scoring Warren to just 11 points — a career-low — en rout to a 54-29 victory over the Eagles.
“It was 23-16 at halftime, and we were hanging in there, but then in the third quarter right away, Muskegon Catholic got their fast break going, and they led by 16 at the end of the third,” said FCC coach Jim Warren, whose team finished with a 9-13 record.
“Ever time Mike touched the ball, they doubled or triple-teamed him. When he brought it up against the press, three people would meet him at midcourt. We just couldn’t take advantage of them putting such a crowd around Mike.”
The senior finished his career with 1,356 points. But this year, with a young team — including two freshmen and three sophomores in the top eight — the Eagles struggled against top competition.
“We’re just young,” Jim Warren said. “We have a lot of new guys we’re working in, but we’re happy to get to the district finals.”
Muskegon Catholic advances to Monday’s Class D regional semifinals against Fulton at Big Rapids High School.