BRYON CENTER — The two teams stood toe-to-toe and slugged it out in a defensive battle the first half, and then Fruitport Calvary Christian broke free in the second half to pull away for a 64-36 victory over Byron Center Zion Christian on the road Friday night.

Despite the tough going in the first half, the Eagles managed to forge a 23-11 lead at halftime. Then they opened a 50-20 lead after the third.

“This was a very intentionally physical team (Bryon Center) and I think it bothered us for a little while,” Eagles coach Brad Richards said.

“But, I’m proud of the way our boys responded after halftime. Raj Grewel really had some huge plays on both ends of the court.”

Pacing the Eagles were Bradley Richards with 16 points and eight rebounds, Jacob May with 16 points and eight assists and Ethan Cammenga with 11 rebounds and six steals.

The Eagles, who received votes in the latest Associated Press state basketball rankings, raised its record to 7-1 overall and is 1-0 in the Alliance League. Calvary Christian next is scheduled to make a trip to Grand Rapids for a game with the West Michigan Aviation Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 25.