Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Heights Academy boys basketball team gave Rockford all it could handle Tuesday before succumbing in overtime, 70-66.

The Tigers received a brilliant effort from Aaron Sydnor, who piled up a game-high 36 points, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Muskegon Heights Academy led 44-37 after three quarters, but Rockford used a 19-12 fourth-quarter edge to force the game into overtime. The Rams led by three points with 1:30 left, forcing the Tigers to foul. But Rockford missed its free throws, allowing Sydnor to hit the 27-footer to knot the score.

Rockford sealed the victory with a 14-10 edge in overtime.

Sydnor had four steals, five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot to add to his big scoring total. Eddie Tornes added 14 points, DeMonte Crosby contributed six points and six rebounds and freshman Jalonte Johnson had six rebounds for the Tigers (1-1).

Casey Watters had 20 points for Rockford, while Nathan Woznick added 17 points, including five 3-pointers.