STANTON — Despite a defense that sometimes gave up too many easy baskets in the first half to a much improved Central Montcalm boys basketball team Friday night, Fremont managed to produce enough on the offensive end to snare a 61-54 victory in the Central State Activities Association-Gold.

Central Montcalm gave the Packers a battle the whole way, and made them work for the win.

“We played well offensively in the first half,” Packers head coach Adam Bowen said. “But, we were very undisciplined on the defensive end and gave up too many easy baskets.

“We were better defensively in the second half, but we still have a lot of improving to do on that end. I thought we played hard, just not very smart at times.

“Central Montcalm kept coming back, and we were never able to really put them away.”

Jordon McDonald had a big game for the Packers, tying a season-high with 31 points. For good measure, he grabbed nine rebounds, picked off six steals and dished out three assists.

Also for the Packers, Joey DeLong returned to the lineup after an injury to score12 points, come away with two steals and dish out three assists.

Fremont improved its record to 10-5 overall and 8-1 in the league, where the Packers continue to maintain first place over Big Rapids. The Packers are next scheduled to see action on Friday, Feb. 11 at Newaygo.