East Kentwood slides past Grand Rapids Christian in opener of Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame tournament

By Ron Rop
Local Sports Journal

East Kentwood stayed undefeated on Thursday night with a 52-48 victory over Grand Rapids Christian in the opening game of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Basketball Classic.

The game, played at Reeths-Puffer, was the opener of the two-day event.

Anthony Peterson and Jeffery Drake-Todd scored 11 points each to lead the Falcons (5-0). Jaylen Carter and Brent Kimbrel added seven points each.

Drake Harris, a two-sport standout who has commited to Michigan State University, led GR Christian with 23 points.

East Kentwood got off to a solid start, thanks in part to some shoddy play by GR Christian, and jumped out to a 15-3 lead. By halftime, the Falcons had a 28-21 lead.

Grand Rapids Christian,  led by Harris, a junior, battled back to tie the game at 30-all in the third quarter. However, two quick 3-pointers by Pearson and Drake-Todd pushed the Falcons back into a six-point lead.

East Kentwood returns to action on Friday night against the Muskegon Big Reds, which dropped a 54-53 decision to Westland John Glenn in Thursday’s nightcap.

 

 

 

EAST KENTWOOD 52, GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN 48

EAST KENTWOOD (5-0)
Arthur Pearson 4 2-2 11, Anthony Boone 1 0-0 2, Jaylen Carter 2 1-2 7, Jeffrey Drake-Todd 4 1-1 11, Brent Kimball 3 0-0 7, Michael Spicer 2 2-2 6, Timothy Carter 1 0-0 2, Benjamin Hester 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 6-8 52.

GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN (2-4)
Davarias Collier 0 2-2 2, Drake Harris 9 5-9 23, Wuoi Mach 3 3-11 9, DeLeon Brown 2 0-0 5, Dwayne Barfield 2 1-1 5, DaRohn Scott 1 0-0 2, Joel Zwiers 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 11-23 48.

EK 15 – 13 – 10 – 14 — 52
GRC 7 – 14 – 10 – 17 — 48

3-pointers: Pearson, Carter (2), Kimbrell, Brown. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: East Kentwood 19, GR Christian 13.  Technicals: Harris.

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