By Craig Beilfuss
FREMONT—The first quarter spelled trouble for the Newaygo Lions on Friday evening, as the Fremont Packers drained four 3-point shots in the opening eight minutes and had a commanding lead all evening in a route over Newaygo 60-44.
The Packers couldn’t miss and the Lions couldn’t buy a basket, as Fremont jumped out to a 22-2 lead after one quarter of action.
“We got off to a great start,” said Fremont coach Adam Bowen. “We’ve been struggling to get off to good starts so far this season. We had a swarmming defense tonight and I hope we can continue to play this way for the rest of the season.
Each team would tally a dozen points in the second stanza as Fremont would roll into halftime with a 34-14 halftime lead.
Newaygo would outscore Fremont 17-13 in the third quarter and each team would find the nets for 13 fourth quarter points.
Fremont senior Blake Hanshue had a game high 15 points, to go along with his 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Joining Hanshue in double digits were senior Logan Nelson with 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and senior Joey DeLong with 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Despite being in foul trouble, junior Jordan McDonald tossed in 9 points, grabbed rebounds and had 3 steals.
The Packers drained eight 3-point shots on the evening, five of them by Hanshue.
“Those 3’s were big for us with Jordan being in foul trouble,” said the first year coach.
“Great team win,” said Bowen. “Everyone contributed and we played with great energy especially on the defensive end.”
Junior Bryce Decker led Newaygo with a team high 12 points. He was followed by senior Kody Bazzett who tossed in 9 points.
Fremont improves to 3-4 and 2-1 in the CSAA Gold and will travel to Grant on Tuesday evening. Newaygo drops to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the CSAA Gold. The Lions will be at Howard City Tri County on Tuesday evening.