Boys hoops roundup: Bear Lake shocks Mason County Central in OT with deep buzzer beater

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Bear Lake’s Kaiden Hejl had the game of his life, draining a three-quarter court desperation shot at the buzzer to upset visiting Mason County Central 70-69 in overtime.

Hejl finished with a game-high 31 points to lead Bear Lake (11-2) to the non-league boys basketball win.

MCC looked like it had the win in hand at the end of OT when Tyler Bromley drained a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Spartans a 69-67 lead.

The Spartans (9-5) trailed Bear Lake through each of the first three quarters but exploded for 23 fourth-quarter points to force overtime. MCC trailed 15-13 after the first, 26-24 at half and 43-38 at the end of the third.

Bromley led the Spartans (9-5) with 24 points while Jeffery Carrier nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Ty Sniegowski finished with 11 points and four assists for the Spartans.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 74, WEST MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 42 – The Warriors fell behind 18-9 after the first quarter and trailed 42-22 by halftime. The third quarter was no different as WMC was outscored 17-8. Tyler VanBeek led the Warriors (8-6, 6-1) with 11 points, Tyler Somers added eight points and five rebounds while Brandon Fles and Joe Hain chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.

HESPERIA 49, WALKERVILLE 32 – The Panthers held the visiting Wildcats to just 15 points in the first three quarters en route to their third victory of the season. Hesperia (3-11, 1-6) led 20-10 at the half and 32-15 to start the fourth. Hesperia’s Jacob Klemundt drained five 3-pointers for 15 points and had three assists while Scott Peters added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Walkerville’s Dillon Brown scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.

KENT CITY 68, WELLSPRING PREP 51 – Kent City had 12 players score and used a 23-point third quarter to propel it to victory Tuesday night. Leading 27-13 at the half, the Eagles (15-0) pushed their lead to 50-28 after the third quarter. Eli Carlson led the Eagles with 16 points while Cody Bowers scored 10.

BIG RAPIDS 43, LUDINGTON 38 – The Orioles offense couldn’t respond to a stifling Cardinal fourth-quarter defense on Tuesday night. Ludington led 28-24 after the first half, but lost their lead in the fourth and trailed 39-38 with two minutes remaining. Big Rapids’ Jason Lund hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the win. Josh Laman paced the Orioles (9-5) with 14 points and Brayden Porter added eight points.

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