By Craig Beilfuss

MONTAGUE—The Montague Wildcats made quick work of Comstock Park in a non-conference battle on Tuesday evening, cruising to a 74-56 win over the Panthers in non league action.

Montague jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first two minutes and never looked back, outscoring the visitors 24-12 in the first quarter.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 36-16 in the second stanza with 3:53 remaining in the first half as they went on a 12-3 run. The Panthers stayed within striking distance hitting three 3-point shots sandwiched in between a Montague bucket to get within 39-25, however Montague managed to outscore Comstock Park 20-14 in the quarter and went into halftime with a comfortable eighteen point lead at 44-26.

Senior Tate Stine of Montague goes up for two of his 12 points on Tuesday evening against Comstock Park (Photo/Leo Valdez)

Both teams would knot 14-points each in the third quarter and 16-points each in the final quarter.

“I was really happy with how aggressive we were on offense tonight.  The kids worked hard and were aggressive from start to finish,” said Montague head coach Dave Osborne

The Wildcats were led in scoring by junior Braeden Johnston who finished with a game high 16 points. He was followed by senior Tate Stine with 12 points and senior Conner Raeth netted 11 points.

Montague shot 48.3 percent from the field going 29-for-60, while connecting on 9-of-22 shots from 3-point territory.

Montague 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the West Michigan Conference will travel to Whitehall on Tuesday, January 4th for a matchup with the Vikings.

A Montague fan checking out the 2021-2022 Local Sports Journal Basketball Preview prior to Tuesday nights game (Photo/Leo Valdez)

Montague junior Rodney Brassfield hitting the glass for a rebound on Tuesday evening (Photo/Leo Valdez)