By Andrew Johnson
FRUITPORT — The West Michigan Lake Hawks season came to an end on Sunday night with a 117-111 loss to the Kalamazoo Pure in the North Central Division Championship game at Fruitport High School.
“We played through a lot of adversity and it was a very aggressive game like we knew it was going to be coming in,” said Lake Hawk coach Ron Jenkins. “We dominated inside and out but the difference was rebounding, they just had too many second-chance points.
“The guys have nothing to hang their heads about, they gave it their all and we had a great year overall, finishing atop our division.”
The Lake Hawks enjoyed a promising start to the contest when they jumped out to a 35-25 lead after the first buzzer.
However, the Pure responded with a strong second quarter that saw them outscore the Lake Hawks 38-23 and take a 63-58 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Pure outscored the Lake Hawks 27-23 which gave them a 90-81 lead with one quarter to play.
The Lake Hawks attempted a fourth-quarter comeback, but ultimately fell short even after outscoring the Pure 30-27 in the quarter.
Tevin Bradley led West Michigan with 27 points, while Aaron Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pure were led by Jon’tee Willhite with 31 points, six assists, and five rebounds.