HOLLAND — The Muskegon Catholic Crusaders turned up the intensity on Tuesday night and the result was an impressive 75-59 victory over Holland Black River.
Nine players scored for the Crusaders, led by Chase Willer with a career-high 23 points. It was Willer’s first game back after missing three games with a concussion.
“Chase gave us a huge boost tonight with his aggressiveness and play making ability,” MCC coach Rob Recknagel said. “I think missing three games with the concussion gave Chase a chance to appreciate the blessing of playing high school sports. He had extra bounce tonight.”
He wasn’t the only one to contribute heavily. Braden Gustin also had 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and five assists.
“Braden and Chase had a special connection tonight and when Chase found the right spots, we found him for easy scores,” Recknagel said.
Hunter Schrink had a double-double for MCC with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Bryan Convertini had 10 rebounds and five assists. In all, MCC score 42 points in the paint.
“We played very confident, aggressive offensive basketball from the tip to the buzzer tonight,” Recknagel said. “This was an important win for us after a really tough stretch playing great teams.”
Muskegon Catholic hosts Western Michigan Christian on Friday.