Covenant Christian guns down Western Michigan Christian in boys basketball action

Local Sports Journal

The Western Michigan  Christian Warriors dropped their River Valley Conference opener to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian on Friday night.

The host Chargers raced to a double-digit lead at the half, weathered a Warrior comeback in the third quarter, then surged to a 67-45 victory.

Bernard Smith led WMC (1-3) with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Henry DeKam added 13 points and Logan Waller had six rebounds.

Covenant, which made 24-of-29 free throws, was led by junior Brandon Kaptein with 28 points. Ben Noorman added 12.

The Chargers led 33-18 at the half, but the Warriors fought back to within 42-35 in the third quarter.

From there, the Chargers used some key buckets and a 13-for 15 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

 

Covenant Christian 67, Western Michigan Christian 45

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN (1-3)
Nate Taylor 2 0-2 5, James Jackson 1 2-2 4, Alex Rop 1 0-2 2, Henry DeKam 6 0-0 13, Bernard Smith 6 2-5 14, Logan Waller 0 1-4 1, Chaise Schuiteman 1 0-0 2, Jacob Ray 1 0-0 2, Sam Mast 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 5-15 45.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN (1-2)
Alex Dykstra 5 0-0 12, Cole Bleyenburg 2 1-1 5, Ben Noorman 3 5-5 12, Jared Cammenga 0 2-2 2, Austin VanDyke 1 0-0 2, Brandon Kaptein 7 12-15 28, Jared Noorman 0 2-3 2, Austin Brower 0 2-2 2, Nate Doezema 1 0-0 2. Totals  19 24-29 67.

WMC 11 – 7 – 17 – 10 — 45
Covenant 20 – 13 – 13 – 21 — 67

3-pointers: Taylor, DeKam, Dykstra (2), B. Noorman, Kaptein (2). Fouled out: Rop, Schuiteman. Total fouls: WMC 24, Covenant 15. Technicals: none. A: 600.

 

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