Big night for sophomore Jacob Buchberger as Montague slaps Ravenna with 80-57 win

Local Sports Journal

Montague sophomore Jacob Buchberger’s 22 point, eight assist, and five-steal game Friday night led the Wildcat boys basketball team to the 80-57 victory over Ravenna in a West Michigan Conference action.

After going down 20-17 after the first quarter, Montague went a 16-7 second quarter run and led 33-27 at halftime.  The Wildcats would add to that lead in the third, outscoring the Bulldogs 23-20 after three.

Montague closed out with a 24-10 run in the fourth.

“We played good for most of the game tonight, but not the whole game.” said Ravenna head coach Mark VanderWal. “We were only down six points early in the fourth quarter, but we lost focus for a few minutes and Montague made us pay with turnovers, and a three point shooting spree.”

Hamann Merritt added 14 points, while Luke VanBoxel had 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs were led by Conner Beahan who had 16 points and six rebounds.  Alex White finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while Justin Jones had nine points and six rebounds

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