The Montague boys basketball squad opened league play with a 47-39 win over Hart on Friday in a West Michigan Conference contest.
The Wildcats trailed 14-9 after the first quarter, then tied the game 19-19 at the half.
Montague outscored the Pirates by a 28-20 margin in the second half to earn the win.
The Wildcat defense forced nine steals and held Hart to six fourth quarter points whileHunter Mosher led Montague with 22 points and Kenyan Johnston added 16.
The Pirates were led by Alec Kempker with 13 points.
WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE
RAVENNA 47, SHELBY 36- The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) blanked Shelby by a 7-0 margin after the first quarter before grabbing a 22-12 halftime lead. Ravenna outscored the Tigers (0-2, 0-1) by a slim 25-24 margin in the second half to preserve the win. Josh Cox paced the Bulldogs with 12 points and four steals while Anthony Korson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
WHITEHALL 59, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 43- A 19-point performance from Brandon Rake paced the Vikings for their second win in as many games this season. The Spartans (1-1, 0-1) hung tough with the Vikings trailing by only four points heading into the half. In the third however, the Vikings outscored the Spartans 18-7 to pull away for the victory. Stephen Learman and Terrel Harris each added 10 points for Whitehall. The Spartans were led by Nate Nummerdor with 13 points.
NORTH MUSKEGON 63, OAKRIDGE 43 – TJ McKenzie’s 21-point performance led the Norse to a league win over Oakridge. North Muskegon (2-0, 1-0) was also paced by John Hayhurst with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Eric Rypstra added 10 points and four rebounds. The Eagles (1-1, 0-1) were led by Peyton Young and Jaxon Fri with 11 points each while TJ Ruel added nine.
LUDINGTON 48, ORCHARD VIEW 37- Josh Laman’s 22-point and 13-rebound performance propelled the Orioles to a victory. Ludington jumped out to a 13-2 lead after the first quarter. Both teams were even in the final three quarters of the contest. The Orioles (1-0, 1-0) were also led Wil Sadler with 14 points and nine rebounds. The Cardinals (0-2, 0-1) were led by Edmari Mitchell with 11 points.