By Jim Goorman
Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Catholic Central held its own for the last 18 minutes of the game but it was not enough in a 53-50 setback to River Valley rival Grand Rapids Covenant Christian.

A first-quarter drought by the Crusaders  helped the Chargers to a 16-5 scoring advantage in the pivotal quarter.

Catholic made 2-of-11 shots in that quarter.

The Crusaders fought back  late in the second quarter and trailed 25-21 at the half. Cari Campbell was instrumental in that comeback as he scored six points in theat quarter and ended the half with 10 points.

It took a shooting demonstration by Chargers’ Brandon Kaptein to secure a victory.  He lit it up for four consecutive 3-pointers and a free throw in the final quarter  to change a dramatic Catholic comeback into a Covenant victory.

MCC had fought back in the third quarter to take a 38- 35 lead, but it all dissolved with Kaptein’s heroics.

Brant McCollum did all he could scoring eight points in the last quarter.

Even then MCC had a chance to tie at the buzzer getting a highly pressured three point attempt by Adam Callow, but it came up short.

Catholic shot a respectable 47 percent  from the field for the game, but only 2 for 17 from 3-point land. Covenant shot 44 percent from the field and 7-for-18 from beyond the 3-point line.

Covenant (3-4,2 -0) has been plagued with turnovers all season and finished with 17 in comparison to the Crusaders’ 7 miscues.

Campbell led MCC with 16 points and six rebounds and the scrappy McCollum ended with 14 points.  Adam Callow finished with six rebounds for Catholic and helped the visitors to a slight 25- 23 rebounding edge.

Covenant Christian 53, Muskegon Catholic 50

Campbell  8 0-0 16  Callow 2 1-2 6  Daniel 3 1-1 8  McCollum 7 0-0 14 Anderson 3 0-0 6  Totals: 23 2-3 50

Dykstra 2 1-2 5  Minderhout 2 2-2 7 Ben Noorman 7 0-0 14  Kaptein 5 3-4 17  Jared Noorman 4 0-0 10  Totals:  20 6-8 53