After trailing for most of the game, the Trojans took their first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter and held off the Vikings for the well-earned road win.
Luke Mitchell scored 18 points to lead the Trojans (1-1), while Marcelo Conklin added 10. Seven players found their way on the stat sheet for Fruitport, as Logan Manciu added seven points; Rico Jones had six; Gavin Fisher added four; Ethan Flores chipped in with three; and Hunter Gannon added two.
Head coach Steve Erny saw a lot of positives from his squad in the road win and was thrilled with the team’s effort.
“Whitehall always provides a challenge on the boards, as they crash with great energy and effort,” he said. “We knew we needed to minimize their second-chance points. Although we could have done better, our guys rebounded well in the big moments. Hunter Gannon gave a great effort in that department and Rico Jones also came in and played his role well, which helped us with both rebounding and points in the paint.
“Logan Manciu and Ethan Flores gave great energy off the bench and especially helped with our defensive pressure. Marcelo Conklin led the team very well tonight and took care of the ball. He also scored in some big moments for us when we really needed a bucket. Luke Mitchell continues to impress me with his shooting touch. He was even better tonight, because of his decision making and ball handling.
“I was also especially proud of our bench energy. Even the guys that didn’t get a chance to get in the game were enthusiastic in cheering on their teammates. Everyone contributed in a positive way tonight. We played hard, smart and together, which certainly helped us come through with the win.”
The Trojans will travel to Spring Lake (1-0) on Friday for their annual rivalry game with tipoff at 6 p.m.