Muskegon Catholic falls to Covenant Christian in River Valley boys basketball game

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

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