Muskegon Big Reds lose late lead to Chicago Whitney Young, drop home game at Muskegon Basketball Showcase

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lsj-fb-logoThe Muskegon Big Reds boys basketball team couldn’t hold back Chicago Whitney Young in their 64-58 loss in the final game of the Muskegon Basketball Showcase on Saturday.

The defeat was the Big Reds’ first home loss in nearly three seasons, dating back to January 25, 2013, when they lost to Zeeland East.

Muskegon looked like it would take the win, holding a 49-43 lead over Chicago midway through the fourth quarter.

But the Dolphin’s Xavier Castaneda broke down Muskegon’s defense, scoring 15 of his game-high 26 points in the final quarter. Castaneda tallied Chicago’s final nine points, including a 3-pointer with two minutes left to give his team its first lead of the quarter, 56-55.

The Big Reds trailed Chicago 25-23 at halftime  but took a 43-37 lead after the third quarter, thanks to Jermaine Goliday’s eight points and Linwood Lee’s seven.

Goliday scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half, grabbed 11 rebounds and shot a sizzling 12 for 13 from the free throw line. Lee added 15 points and three assists along with a pair of steals for Muskegon.

Muskegon was 23-for-28 from the free throw line, but struggled from behind the arc, making just 1 of 16 3-pointers.

Anthony Bathea Jr. scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Big Reds.

In Saturday’s opening game, senior guard Justin Turner scored 26 points and Richard Talley added 12 points to power Detroit Renaissance over Westland John Glenn, 58-50. Christian Agnew and Dontez Roberts scored 14 points apiece for John Glenn.

In Game 2, Saginaw Arthur Hill rolled past Detroit Cass Tech, 76-60 and had four players in double figures. Senior guard Billy Burton scored 21 points and Vincent Johnson added 13 points for the Lumberjacks. Detroit Cass Tech was paced by Leonard Silas with 20 points and Randy Gilbert with 16.

Check out the photos from the Muskegon game  below.

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