Boys hoops roundup; Fremont wins a thriller; Kent City, Holton and WMC gain victories

The Fremont boys basketball team showed a lot of poise after losing an early lead and pulled out an exciting 75-71 double-overtime win over Newaygo in a CSAA clash on Friday.

The Packers led 18-9 after one quarter and 35-26 at halftime. But they struggled with Newaygo’s pressure defense in the second half, and the Lions pulled ahead by six points in the fourth quarter.

A late basket by Ben Schmidt pulled Fremont closer in the final minute, then a triple by Calvin Miller with seven seconds left forced overtime.

Newaygo jumped out to the lead again in the first OT, but a triple from Fremont’s Bailey Baddis forced a second extra session.

Schmidt hit another big basket in the second OT, Wyatt Kaastra nailed a key 3-pointer, then Schmidt sank two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to seal the victory.

Fremont overcame a poor shooting night. The Packers were only 5 of 35 from 3-point range and 13 of 30 from the free throw line.

Logan Karnemaat led Fremont with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, but fouled out with 2:30 left in regulation. Schmidt added 14 points and 10 assists for the Packers, who improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.


KENT CITY 63, MORLEY STANWOOD 33 – The Eagles jumped out to a 23-13 lead after the first quarter and led 39-19 at the half. Fraser Wilson had 19 points to lead Kent City (8-0, 4-0), while Eli Carlson and Brenden Geers each had 10 points.

HOLTON 53, WHITE CLOUD 42 – Nathan Slowik led the Red Devils with 17 points. Holton (3-5, 2-2) led 12-8 after the first quarter but trailed 25-23 at the half. A 17-5 run in the third quarter propelled the Red Devils to the win. Dalton Giddings added seven points and 13 rebounds.


WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 59, ORCHARD VIEW 45 – The Warriors trailed after the first quarter 16-13, but led the rest of the way. WMC (4-3, 3-1) led 29-26 at the half and 42-36 at the end of the third quarter. Hayden Hubers had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, while Tyler Van Beek added 18. Ke’ontae Barnes led Orchard View with 21 points.


BYRON CENTER ZION CHRISTIAN 47, FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 46 – Fruitport Calvary was at the free throw line with 1.2 seconds left with a chance to tie the game, but the shot missed the mark and the Eagles were left with a frustrating loss. Ben Zelenka scored a game-high 19 points for Fruitport Calvary while Jacob McFarren added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Zach Zehr had nine steals for the Eagles. who are now 2-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.



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