HOLTON — Kent City’s boys basketball team extended Holton’s losing streak to two games when it held off the Red Devils for an exciting 36-35 victory Tuesday night on the road in the Central State Activities Association-Silver.
“It was not a pretty offensive night for either team,” Kent City head coach David Ingles said. “Our defense really stepped up and kept us in the game. It was a scrappy win over a well-coached team.”
Kyler Larson paced the Eagles with 13 points, and did a great job controlling the offense in the second half. Carter Magoon finished with nine points.
It was a close game all the way, with Holton taking an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. The Red Devils still led, 16-12 at the half. Then things turned around.
Kent City outscored the Red Devils, 13-11 in the third period to trail by just two, 27-25 going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles pulled the game out with an 11-8 run in the last period.
“Kent City showed a lot of toughness,” Holton head coach Keith Swanson said. “Lots of credit to those guys. We wound up on the wrong side of it, but not for lack of effort.
“I thought we cleaned up some things on the defensive side of the ball, but we weren’t able to find enough rhythm offensively to get the win. We will pick ourselves up and keep striving to be the best team we can be.”
Wyatt Monette led the Red Devils with eight points and seven rebounds. Kevin Erickson added seven points.
Kent City won its second straight game and improved its record to 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the league. Next up for the Red Devils is a road trip to Hesperia on Friday.
It was the second straight loss for Holton, dropping the Red Devils record to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the league. Holton is next scheduled to see action Friday hosting Lakeview.