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Fremont’s late-season basketball surge ends in regional semifinal loss to Unity Christian

Turnovers throughout the game, missed opportunities early costly for Packers.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

HUDSONVILLE — For the first eight minutes of Monday’s Division 2 regional semifinal at Unity Christian, Fremont’s boys basketball team looked like it belonged.

Despite a few turnovers and some missed opportunities, the Packers were right there with the host Crusaders.

But, over the course of the 32-minute contest, Unity Christian’s pressure defense and 3-point shooting proved too much as Fremont saw its season end in a 70-40 defeat.

Fremont, which enjoyed a late-season surge and captured a district title last week, finishes the season with a 13-12 record.

Unity Christian (17-9) advances to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional final on its home court, where the Crusaders will take on Grand Rapids Christian (20-5), a 64-39 winner over Spring Lake.

Fremont trailed Unity Christian, 11-8, after the first quarter. The Crusaders started to heat up from deep in the second quarter, however, when they made four 3-pointers and outscored the Packers 17-7 for a 28-15 lead at the halftime break.

Unity Christian ran away from Fremont in the second half. The Crusaders hit six triples in the game’s final 16 minutes and finished with 11 treys on the night.

Junior TJ Fisher led the way for Unity Christian with six 3s en route to a game-high 24 points. Senior Dylan Shaban scored 11 and junior Colin Nieuwenhuis 10 for the Crusaders.

For Fremont, senior Jordon McDonald led the way with 15 points, two coming on a thunderous, two-handed slam midway through the fourth quarter. Recently, McDonald reached the 1,000-point milestone in his career. He finished the season averaging 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Juniors Gavin Richards and Ben Mellema added eight points apiece for the Packers.

Watch the video below for sights and sounds from the game:

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