FRUITPORT– Fruitport boys basketball overcame early foul trouble with the help of key underclassmen in its 61-53 OT victory over Allendale on Tuesday.
Sophomore Grade Anspach and freshman DayDay Williams led the way for Fruitport. Grade Anspach went perfect from the free-throw line in overtime and Williams came up with big plays for the Trojans.
The pair led the Trojans in scoring with 12 points apiece.
Fruitport shot ninety-percent from the free throw line to help close out the OK-Blue win.
“In a game where our leading scorer (Bode Anspach) got into foul trouble early in both halves, we needed others to step up,” said Fruitport Coach Steve Erny. “Two underclassmen answered the call tonight, Grade Anspach and DayDay Williams. Grade was perfect from the foul line in OT and DayDay stepped up and made some important plays on both ends.”
The back and forth battle started with a 16-15 Fruitport lead at the end of the first quarter. Allendale battled back to take a 28-23 halftime lead. The Trojans stormed rallied to a 34-32 after the third quarter.
“This was an exciting game all the way to the finish. A credit goes to Allendale, who played well enough to win,” said Erny. “I’m really proud of how our guys came out in overtime and started strong, especially after giving up the late 3-pointer to send it into OT. That shows the collective character of our group,” said Erny.
Fruitport was also led by Andrew Spyke who tallied eight points and seven rebounds. Bode Anspach finished with eight points and Collin Jolman scored six points and led the Trojans in rebounds with eight.
Fruitport (10-5, 6-3) hosts Coopersville on Friday.