The Muskegon Heights boys basketball team used high pressure defense and a second quarter run to top Western Michigan Christian 57-48 on Friday in non-league boys basketball.
The Tigers went on a 17-4 second quarter run to take a 30-23 halftime lead. Antonio Jones led the way for Muskegon Heights, scoring eight of his game-high 23 points in the second quarter. He also had nine rebounds, four steals and three assists on the night.
“Early on (Jones) did a good job of getting other guys going,” said Muskegon Heights Coach Dale Stewart. “When the game started going he got in the lane and made the right reads. He has a knack for scoring over the big guys.”
The Muskegon Heights defense was also tough on WMC, forcing 23 Warrior turnovers.
“They’re a good team and they play hard,” said WMC coach Kyle Mastenbrook. “They outmuscled us and beat us on the boards, that’s the big story.”
Muskegon Heights clung to a 52-48 lead with two minutes left, but clutch free throws down the stretch, including four by Jones in the last two minutes, allowed the Tigers to seal the win.
The Tigers were also led by Demonte Jones with 15 points and five steals, Antonio Gordon added 11 points while Pherrius Flowers contributed 12 rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
Western Michigan Christian was led by Ryan Butkis with 14 points, Devin Eekhoff with 10 and Jacob Ray with nine.