Local Sports Journal

A 12 point first quarter deficit was erased on Tuesday night as the Mona Shores boys basketball team defeated Zeeland East, 42-40 in an OK Black conference game. Marcus Tumblin scored the winning bucket on a put back off his own shot with just over a minute to play.

Mona Shores defensive pressure came up big in the last five minutes to hold Zeeland East scoreless. The Sailors full-court press turned around a 40-33 East lead.

Tumblin led the final charge for the Sailors as he scored seven of his 19 points in the run. His winning shot was the first Mona Shores lead of the night. Adreon Billips tied the score, 40-40, off an offensive rebound. 

The Sailors (10-3, 5-1) dug out of a sluggish start that found themselves trailing 16-4 after the first quarter, and 34-28 to start the fourth.

“We didn’t play well early in the game and Zeeland East played very well defensively,” said Mona Shores coach Gene Gifford. “We were not sharp. We had nine turnovers, a lot unforced, we came out the first quarter and didn’t execute our offense and we had a lot of individual play.”

“The last quarter, we turned it up a notch. The big key was we were getting stops at the other end,” said Gifford.

Logan Haugh led Mona Shores underneath with 10 rebounds and nine points. Billips added eight points, five rebounds and three steals while Kobe Burse chipped in with six points and three steals.