The Muskegon Heights basketball program has enjoyed its share of success over the years, but this season is shaping up to be extraordinary.LSJ Logo incert

Coach Dale Stewart had his team riding an eight-game win streak heading into Tuesday’s game with Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills.

Referee Johnny Tanner hands the ball to DeKari Brown on the Muskegon Heights inbound. Photo/Joe Lane

DeKari Brown waits for his team to get ready on the inbound play as referee Johnny Tanner hands in the ball. Photo/Joe Lane

The Tigers scored the first 12 points and didn’t look back, grabbing a 68-53 victory before a raucous home crowd.

Muskegon Heights improved to 12-1 on the season.

Antoine Jones scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first half and sophomore Kieshon Watson added 10 of his own to give Heights a 39-19 halftime lead.

Watson finished with 16 points.

While there was a 20-point spread at the break, the Bengals didn’t go away quietly.

Ottawa Hills sophomore Nelson McCauley scored all of his eight points in the third quarter, while Anthony McIntosh scored five of his game-high 19 points, to cut the deficit to just seven points, 49-42, entering the final stanza.

But the comeback was too little, too late. Six Heights players scored down the stretch to ice the win.

Anthony Jones finished with 10 points for Muskegon Heights.