Local Sports Journal

Deshaun Thrower’s game-high 27 points and a big second half sparked the Muskegon Big Reds to a 72-48 win over visiting Grand Rapids Christian on Tuesday.

Leading 30-27 at halftime, Muskegon outscored GR Christian 42-21 in the final two quarters.

The Big Reds second-half surge was led by Thrower, whose drives to the basket gave the Eagles problems all night.  Thrower was also steady at the free-throw line (10-for-12).

“We took care of the ball and got into our transitions,” said Muskegon coach Keith Guy. “Getting the 50-50 balls, out rebounding them and I thought we took care of those key facts.”

The Big Reds’ patience settled down after a anxious first half in which Muskegon made eight turnovers, but finished with just 10.

Muskegon’s swarming halfcourt defense gave GR Christian problems on the offensive end as the Eagles weren’t able to post any players in double figures.

The Big Reds forced 20 Eagle turnovers.

GR Christian missed the heavily recruited and standout guard Drake Harris, who injured his wrist early last week.

Deyonta Davis’ presence inside lifted Muskegon with 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Joeviar Kennedy scored 10 points and D’Vonte Dockery added eight points and seven rebounds for Muskegon. Juwon Martin scored eight points and Keyon-Dre Craig had eight rebounds.

GR Christian was led by Wuoi Mach with nine points and DaRohn Scott had eight points and 12 rebounds.