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West Michigan Conference boys basketball: Roundup from Dec. 18, 2023

Whitehall jumps on Manistee, buries 10 3-pointers in runaway road victory to remain unbeaten.

Whitehall’s 2023-24 boys varsity basketball team poses for a group photo during CatchMark SportsNet Media Day on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

It was a light night for West Michigan Conference boys basketball teams on Monday.

Here is a short roundup of the action on Dec. 18, 2023:


WHITEHALL 77, MANISTEE 37: Visiting Whitehall placed four players in double figures and nearly got a fifth in double digits as the team finished 10-of-24 (42 percent) from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Vikings’ defense continues to lock down opponents as the squad remains unbeaten.

Whitehall jumped out to a 30-10 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 55-18 by halftime.

Next up for Whitehall are two games in the Cornerstone University Holiday Classic: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Hamtramck and 7 p.m. Friday vs. East Grand Rapids.

Whitehall leaders:

Camden Thompson 18 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

Kal Koehler 17 points, 8 rebounds

Brock Morningstar 15 points (4 3-pointers), 2 assists

Kyle Stratton 10 points, 5 assists, 2 steals

DJ Jamison 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Manistee leaders:

Chaos Davis 11 points, 2 steals

Tramel Caviness 11 points

Kaden Kott 8 points, 2 rebounds


Whitehall 5-0 (3-0 WMC Lakes)

Manistee 4-4 (1-3 WMC Lakes)

Whitehall junior Kal Koehler (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)



MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 55, BRETHREN 52: Visiting MCC outscored Brethren 18-9 in the fourth quarter to pull out a solid nonleague victory.

“We pulled off a good win against a scrappy Brethren team,” MCC coach Chris VanderHaag said. “We had trouble keeping them off the boards and their big guy was really solid. We couldn’t seem to get any calls to go our way (17-8 foul count). We loosened up their zone some in the second half.

“Jaxon Munoz had a great game tonight. He was able to get into their zone and find the open guy. This was the turning point. These guys are not quitters. They keep fighting. Our turnovers have been coming down, too. And I see the nerves going away.”

MCC leaders:

Dakota Sterley 21 points, 8 rebounds

Cole VanderHaag 9 points, 3 rebounds

Braylin Thurow 8 points, 2 assists

Peyton Merz 5 points, 8 rebounds

Jaxon Munoz 8 assists, 6 rebounds

Brethren leaders:

Garrett Mobley 16 points

Connor Wojo 15 points

Jack Meszeros 12 points


Mason County Central 4-4 overall

Brethren 5-2 overall

Members of Mason County Central’s 2023-24 boys varsity basketball pose for a group photo during CatchMark SportsNet media day on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

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