Tuesday boys hoops roundup: R-P defeats Kenowa Hills for sixth win in seven games

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Four players scored in double figures as the Reeths-Puffer boys basketball team downed Kenowa Hills 70-53 on Tuesday in an O-K Black Conference matchup.

The Rockets were up 17-11 after the first quarter and only improved from there, leading 37-20 at halftime and 64-31 after three quarters.

Kaleb Mitchelson led the way for Reeths-Puffer with 17 points. Also in double figures were Emcee Williams with 14 points, Kendall Smith with 13 points and four blocks, and Gary Humphrey III with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Reeths-Puffer, which has won six of its last seven games, is now 8-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

O-K BLACK

JENISON 66, MONA SHORES 54 – The Sailors trailed 19-13 after one quarter and 26-21 at halftime.

Mona Shores outscored Jenison 8-7 in the third quarter, but couldn’t close the gap down the stretch.

Jaylen Hopson paced the Sailors with 22 points and eight rebounds. Ahmon Dean added 16 points and six rebounds.

The Sailors are now 2-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.

O-K RED 

EAST KENTWOOD 69, GRAND HAVEN 53 – The Bucs were able to generate a decent amount of offense, with two players in double digits, but they couldn’t keep pace with the Falcons.

Grand Haven was led by Adam Strom with 14 points and Owen Ross with 11. East Kentwood was paced by Jamoni Jones and Urim Sahitolli with 15 points each.

Grand Haven fell to 7-5 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

O-K BLUE

GRAND RAPIDS CATHOLIC 66, SPRING LAKE 51 – Grand Rapids Catholic, ranked fourth in the state, hit nine 3-pointers in the first half.

The Lakers kept pace in the first quarter, only trailing 22-17 at the buzzer, but fell behind 45-34 by halftime and couldn’t make up the difference in a lower-scoring second half.

Kaden George led the Lakers with 14 points and seven rebounds while Sam Sheridan had nine points and three assists. Callum Saxe had a nice all- around game off the bench for Spring Lake with six points, seven rebounds and three assists.

ALLIANCE LEAGUE

WM AVIATION ACADEMY 74, FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 57 – Poor rebounding and turnovers plagued the Eagles from the start.

Calvary was outscored 18-6 in the second quarter and couldn’t bounce back in the second half.

Ben Zelenka led the Eagles with 25 points. Jacob May recorded 16 points while Jacob Schitema added 14.

Calvary is now 1-10 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

NON-CONFERENCE

MUSKEGON CATHOLIC 65, HESPERIA 18 – The Crusaders jumped out to a 17-1 lead after one quarter and 32-7 at halftime.

Leading the Crusaders was Jared Dugener with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Sam Novotny followed with 11 points and five assists while Jaden Johnson added eight points. Logan Balkema paced Hesperia with eight points.

MCC is now 4-6. Hesperia fell to 0-11.

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 63, ONEKAMA 58 – MCC’s Jeffrey Carrier and Onekama’s Taylor Bennett put on a high-level offensive show in the non-conference matchup.

The Spartans controlled the game early, leading 17-6 after one quarter, but Onekama fought its way back into the contest.

MCC led 35-24 at halftime and 46-39 after three quarters. The Portagers had a 19-17 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t quite enough.

MCC’s Carrier scored a game-high 29 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds and providing three assists. Will Chye also chipped in with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Onekama’s Bennett kept his team in the game with 28-point performance.

Mason County Central is now 6-5 on the season.

LUDINGTON 45, TC WEST 42 – The score at halftime was 15-13 in favor of TC West. In the third quarter, Andy Soma of TC West knocked down four 3-pointers and Ludington’s Peyton LaCombe scored all 11 of his points as the Orioles grabbed the lead 32-30.

Evan McKinley was fouled with 12 seconds remaining and knocked down one of two shots to give the Orioles a 45-42 lead. Soma’s desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out and the Orioles held on for the victory.

Ludington was led by Brayden Porter with 15 points.and Peyton LaCombe with 11. The Orioles are now 8-4 on the season.

KENT CITY 78, SPARTA 71 – Four players were in double digits for the Eagles in a high-scoring matchup against Sparta.

The Eagles seemed to have control of the game at halftime with a 43-26 lead. Sparta bounced back in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 18-11 to make it a 10-point game.

The fourth quarter had tons of offense, with Sparta outscoring the Orioles 27-24, but it wasn’t enough to close the deficit.

Eli Carlson, Will Wright and Shawn Anderson all put up 18 points for Kent City while Max Hudson had 15. Carlson also hit the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Kent City improved to 7-3 on the season.

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