WMC falls to undefeated Kent City

Tribune Staff • Mar 8, 2018 at 12:20 AM

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball season came to an end in the Class C district semifinals Wednesday night as they ran into a red-hot Kent City squad. The Eagles earned their 21st victory in as many tries by a final score of 48-38.

The Warriors put forth a valiant upset effort, leading 8-4 at first break and 14-13 at halftime. Kent City got back on track in the third quarter with a 10-0 run to kick off the second half.

WMC would rally back, taking a narrow 27-24 deficit into the final frame. There, the Eagles outscored WMC 21-14, including 16 made free throws, to ice the victory.

“We ran into a very good Kent City team tonight,” said WMC head coach Kirt Gruppen. “We came out with great defensive energy and were able to sustain that for the most of the game.

“I was really proud of the way our team competed and defended. Offensively things were very challenging for us. Kent City is a good defensive team and did not allow us to get any kind of offensive flow.”

Hayden Hubers led WMC with 14 points, followed by Brandon Fles and Tyler VanBeek with eight apiece.

“Tyler Vanbeek was our only senior this year. He had such a great year,” Gruppen said. “I am thrilled for the season he had this year and he will certainly be missed.”

The Warriors conclude their season with an overall record of 12-9 and a second-place finish in the Lakes Eight to boot.

Kent City will face North Muskegon for the district championship on Friday at 6 p.m. at Ravenna High School.

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