MUSKEGON — The host Muskegon Catholic Central Crusaders bounced back with a solid performance and a 52-39 victory over the Holton Red Devils.

Catholic, in its first game after the Christmas break, had lost two games the week before.

“It was nice to bounce back after a tough two-loss week coming off the break,” Crusader coach Rob Recknagel said. “We showed a lot of character bouncing back and coming out strong tonight to get the victory.”

MCC came out quickly and led 18-7 after one quarter. The lead grew to 33-11 by halftime. The second half saw the Red Devils have a 28-19 scoring advantage.

Braeden Gustin led MCC (4-4) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bryan Convertini  had 10 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists.

“MCC did a great job tonight,” Holton coach Keith Swanson said. “Our guys played tough all the way through.  There are always things to clean up, but we have a lot of positives to take away from tonight.”

Carter Brant had 15 points and five assists to lead Holton. Brodrick Fialek had 14 points and Chase Albright added eight. Nate Paseka had seven rebounds.

Muskegon Catholic travels to Western Michigan Christian on Friday.

Holton plays at Shelby on Thursday.