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Brodie Fogus buoys Whitehall vs. Sparta for first regional basketball win in 20 years

Vikings will try to topple defending state champ Grand Rapids Catholic Central in regional final.

Photos by Lenny Padilla

Players accepting their roles has been key to the Whitehall boys basketball team’s success all season.

Monday night was Brodie Fogus’ time.

The 6-foot-4 senior kept the Vikings afloat when things didn’t go their way early. His 20-point, nine-rebound, two-steal effort helped power Whitehall to a 61-52 comeback victory over Sparta in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Forest Hills Eastern High School.

The Vikings (18-5), winners in 16 of their last 18 contests, earned their first regional win since 2002. They’ll try to topple defending state champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central (22-1) in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional final at Forest Hills Eastern. Whitehall is seeking its first regional title since 1965.

GRCC ran away from Grand Rapids Christian Monday, 69-44.

Whitehall trailed 32-23 at halftime, but the Vikings wiped out their deficit with a 19-10 third-quarter scoring advantage. They outscored the Spartans 19-10 again in the fourth to pull away.

Whitehall shot an impressive 17-of-19 (89 percent) from the free-throw line compared to 7-of-9 for Sparta. The Vikings outrebounded the Spartans, 30-20, including 12-4 on the offensive end.

Freshman Camden Thompson posted another double-double for Whitehall, as the 6-3 wing packed the stat sheet with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Senior Red Watson continued his strong point-guard play with 13 points, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

Jay Wilson paced Sparta (11-13) with a game-high 21 points. Sam Whitmore scored 11, while Gunner Busen added eight.

Photos by Zach Zweigle | CatchMark

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