Boys hoops district tournament roundup: Reeths-Puffer sneaks past Kenowa Hills 49-47 in close Division 1 opener

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The Reeths-Puffer boys basketball team survived a scare on Tuesday in the first round of Division 1 districts, sneaking past Kenowa Hills 49-47.

Kaleb Richardson goes up in the lane for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane (Click photo for full gallery)

Reeths-Puffer led 14-13 after the first quarter, 26-24 at halftime  and 41-29 going into the fourth, then held off the Knights; late comeback.

Kendall Smith led the Rockets with 20 points and eight rebounds, followed by Kaleb Mitchelson with 14 points and five assists. Jaxson Whitaker put up another nine points.

Reeths-Puffer, now 9-9, will play Muskegon on Thursday in the district semifinals.

DIVISION 2

SPRING LAKE 60, FRUITPORT 48 – Spring Lake’s Jackson Core had a huge game, scoring 28 points while piling up eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Core made 13 of 15 shots from the free-throw line.

Kaden George goes up for Spring Lake against Tyler Zimmerman. Photo/Kelly Gates

Porter Saunders added a career-high 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Spring Lake, while Jaron Little snagged 12 rebounds.

The Lakers led 13-8 after one quarter, 31-26 at halftime and 43-37 going into the fourth.

Spring Lake, now 5-10, will face Orchard View in a district semifinal contest on Thursday.

DIVISION 3

HOLTON 40, WHITE CLOUD 36 – The contest was tied 11-11 after the first quarter, then White Cloud led 23-19 at halftime.

The Red Devils tied the game 30-30 at the end of the third quarter before closing the game with a 10-6 run.

Wyatt Monette led the Red Devils with 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. Aidan Poling added 10 points and four assists while Austin Fowler put up nine points, four rebounds and three steals for Holton.

The Red Devilsm now 14-5m will play Western Michigan Christian in the district semifinals on Thursday.

HART 79, HESPERIA 16 – Hart opened with a huge lead over the Panthers and carried its momentum through the entire game.

The Pirates led 29-4 after the first quarter, 46-5 at halftime and 60-10 at the end of the third.

Mason Contreras paced Hart with 12 points while Kory Charron and Parker Hovey added eight each.

Hart, now 5-12,  will face Mason County Central in the district finals on Thursday.

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 56, SHELBY 48 – Mason County Central led 16-10 in the first quarter, 25-14 at halftime and 38-25 after three quarters.

Jayden Perrone put up 19 points to lead the Spartans while Will Chye added 12 points and five rebounds. Nick Trivisonno chipped in with eight points.

The Tigers were paced by Joseph Hayes, who scored 25 points, while Logan Claeys added 10 points along with five rebounds.

Mason County Central, now 2-12 for the season, will play Hart in the district finals on Thursday.

NORTH MUSKEGON 56, MORLEY STANWOOD 52 – The Norse went back and forth with the Morley Stanwood boys in a close district matchup.

The Mohawks led 16-13 after the first quarter, but the Norse took the lead 33-26 at halftime. The score was knotted up 40-40 after the third quarter.

Troy McManus paced the Norse with 18 points, followed closely by Brennan McManus with16. Brennan Pannucci put up an additional eight points for North Muskegon.

The Norse, now 7-8, advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Ravenna.

KENT CITY 63, GRAND RAPIDS WELLSPRING PREP 39 – The Eagles opened with a big first quarter and kept up the pressure to defeat the Wolves in the first round of districts.

Kent City led 21-6 after one quarter, 27-14 at halftime, and 43-25 at the end of the third.

Kent City’s Kyler Larson put up 12 points and Casen Armstrong added 10.

The Eagles, now 7-8 for the season, will play Carson City Crystal in the district semifinals on Thursday.

DIVISION 4

HOLLAND CALVARY CHRISTIAN 51, FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 41 – The Crusaders took a 19-7 lead in the first quarter and the Eagles could not make a comeback in the Division 4 district opener.

Jacob May led the Eagles with 14 points while Braden Swanson added 10. Bradley Richards and Braden Cohea put up six points apiece.

Fruitport Calvary Christian ended its season with an 8-7 record.

PENTWATER 48, MASON COUNTY EASTERN 38 – Mason County Eastern led 14-2 in the first quarter and 17-14 at halftime, but Pentwater overcame the deficit in the second half.

Khole Hofmann led the Falcons with a double-double, totaling 25 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Tyler Plummer Eisenlohr followed with 10 points and both Will Werkema Grondsma and Jack Stoneman scored seven.

Pentwater, now 9-4, will play Baldwin in the district semifinals on Thursday.

 

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