By Justin Haggerty
The Big Reds entered Friday’s game against Mona Shores with a 27-game conference winning streak, dating back to the 2012-13 season.
They extended that streak to 28 against the Sailors, blowing open the game in the second half and winning 80-46 on the Sailors’ home court.
Muskegon improved to 10-3 overall this season and 6-0 in the O-K Black.
The game was relatively close in the first half, with the Big Reds only leading 25-16 at halftime.
“It was an ugly first half,” said Muskegon Coach Keith Guy. “But we got after it in the second half, I was happy to see that.
“We finished on the loose balls, we were tough, we got on the floor, which I love to see. We ran the floor and shared the ball, it was good to watch.”
Muskegon came out after halftime on a mission, shooting 58-percent in the third quarter and making eight of nine free throw attempts to increase its lead to 53-32 entering the final stanza.
The fourth quarter was marred by numerous fouls on each team, resulting in 32 attempted free throws.
Senior forward Terrion Hill-McKay led the Big Reds with 16 points and 13 rebounds and played stellar defense.
“That’s the best game I’ve had all year,” Hill-McKay said. “This is my coming out party. I look to build on that the rest of the season.
“It’s not necessarily about scoring. I’ve got to play hard on defense first because defense is our main priority on the team.” Michael Littlejohn added 16 points for the Big Reds and Jermane Golidy chipped in 10.
The Sailors were led by Tyler LeMense, who scored 12 points and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Tyler Trovinger added 10 in the losing effort.