Western Michigan Christian boys clinch at least share of River Valley title

Local Sports Journal

The Western Michigan Christian Warriors scored early and often and cruised to a 77-35 victory over the host Grand River Prep Titans on Friday night.

The victory pushed WMC’s record to 6-1 in the league race with one game remaining. That means Friday night’s victory clinches the Warriors at least a share of the league title.

WMC (6-1, 11-5) led 20-11 after one quarter, which was highlighted by a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Alex Rop that came 6 feet beyond the midcourt line.

The Warriors added 27 more points in the second quarter and took a 47-25 lead into the half.

Bernard Smith led WMC with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jacob Ray added 10 points and Derrick Holt had nine points. Eight Warriors scored at least five points each.

Jon Lampani led Grand River Prep with 19 points.

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 77, GRAND RIVER PREP 35

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
Alex Rop 2 0-2 5, Jacob Ray 4 0-0 10, Devin Eekhoff 3 0-0 6, Derrick Holt 4 1-2 9, Bernard Smith 9 4-5 22, Kyle Kingma 4 0-0 8, Jared Varnado 0 1-4 1, Sam Mast 3 0-2 6, Ben Mast 1 0-0 2, Nate Dugener 2 0-0 6, Logan Waller 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 6-15 77.

GRAND RIVER PREP
Jon Lampani 9 0-0 19, Brad Burgess 1 0-0 2, Josh Bouma 1 0-2 2, Gershawn Burton 1 1-4 4, Tusani Gates 2 0-1 4, Tony Darin 1 0-0 2, Derek Burgess 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 1-7 35.

WMC 20 – 27 – 20 – 10 — 77
GR Prep 11 – 14 – 4 – 6 — 35

3-pointers: Rop, Ray (2), Dugener (2); Lampani, Burton. Technicals: WMC bench. Fouled out: none. A: 250

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