The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team headed into Friday’s game against Covenant Christian in a winner-takes-all situation, with the survivor claiming the River Valley Conference championship.

In the end WMC withstood a Covenant Christian comeback and held on for a 60-54 victory to claim the league crown.

The Warriors (13-5 overall, 5-1 conference) started the game strong, leading 33-14 at the half, but Covenant went on a 20-8 third quarter run to cut its deficit to seven points.

Covenant managed to pull within one point with five minutes left, but WMC held on to seal the victory.

“Covenant played well with its back against the wall,” said WMC coach Kyle Mastenbrook. “We moved the ball around well and had balanced scoring throughout the game.”

Nate Dugener led the Warriors with 15 points. DeMonta Bartee added 12 points while Jacob Ray had nine.

“We did not get much respect in winning last year’s title, and we were determined to prove them wrong by repeating,” Mastenbrook said.