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West Michigan Conference boys district basketball 2024: Roundup of openers

Five teams from the WMC win first-round district games and advance to semifinals.

Ten boys basketball teams from the West Michigan Conference tipped off district tournament action Monday night.

Here is a roundup of the action from Feb. 26, 2024:


SPRING LAKE 57, MONTAGUE 32: Spring Lake made seven of its nine 3-pointers in the first half en route to a first-round victory over Montague.

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FRUITPORT 63, ORCHARD VIEW 58 (OT): Orchard View rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final minute and forced overtime on Keith McAllister’s deep 3-pointer. The Trojans regrouped in the extra session and won it at the free-throw line in the extra session.

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FREMONT 65, KENT CITY 43: Host Fremont got balanced scoring in a comfortable opening-round win over Kent City.

Fremont (9-14) advances to Wednesdays’ 7 p.m. district semifinals against Sparta (15-7). Kent City closes the season with an 8-15 record.

Redick Powell paced the Packers with a season-high 13 points off the bench, including a trio of 3-pointers. Gavin Richards posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Chaz Miller had 12 points, seven assists, and four steals, and Will DeBlake contributed 11 points. Travis McDonald added seven points and three assists off the bench.

“I thought we did a good job of moving the ball against their zone. We got good shots as a result and made the most of our opportunities,” Fremont coach Adam Bowen said. “It was a good team win with four players finishing in double figures.”



HART 46, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 34: WMC Rivers foes Hart and Mason County Central met for the third time this season. MCC led 15-10 after one quarter, but Hart surged with a 16-3 run in the second quarter.

Hart (13-10) advances to face Reed City (18-4) in the district semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mason County Central closes the season with a 9-14 record.

“The two conference foes had the early game, and early on both teams were feeling each other out,” Hart coach Nick Bronsema said. “Mason County was able to get on the board earlier and more often in the first quarter as Braylin Thurow scored 10 points, including two back to back 3s. The following two pivotal quarters, Hart held MCC to three points in the second and only four in the third as they settled into their gritty defense.”

Blake Weirich paced Hart with 14 points and six assists. Caleb Ackley posted a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks for the Pirates. Kaden Bond added eight points

Thurow paced MCC with 12 points, while Cole VanderHaag had eight points and Dakota Sterley six.

“It was a tough night getting the shots to fall,” MCC coach Chris VanderHaag said. “Hart was the more physically team tonight on both ends.   

“It was a good learning year for us. We were in a lot of close games. These games will make us stronger going forward.”

MANISTEE 45, BIG RAPIDS 32: District host Manistee got off on the right foot with a first-round victory over Big Rapids.

Manistee (11-12) advances to the district semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday to face rival Ludington (16-6).

Big Rapids closes the season with a 16-7 record.

No stats or details were submitted for this game.



SHELBY 55, HOLTON 31: Shelby got off to a fast start, outscoring Holton 14-2 in the first quarter and leading 35-11 at halftime.

Shelby (5-18) advances to the district semifinals to face North Muskegon (22-0) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Holton finishes the season with a 2-21 record.

“It was nice to see our guys get off to a good start offensively as well as defensively,” Shelby coach Rick Zoulek said. “We played solid team defense and really moved the ball nicely on offense. We hope to carry it over to Wednesday in our game against North Muskegon.”

Phillip Hayes paced Shelby with 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Wyatt Dickman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers, while Eli Kelley contributed eight points and three assists.

No stats or details were submitted for Holton.

RAVENNA 63, HESPERIA 53: After a tight first quarter, Ravenna outscored Hesperia 19-12 in the second quarter and extended the margin with a 17-14 third.

Ravenna (13-10) advances to the district semifinals and will face White Cloud (16-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hesperia finishes the season with an 8-15 record.

Dylan May scored a team-high 17 points for Ravenna while Drew Mabrito and Blake Homoly had 13 apiece.

“Ravenna did enough to win and advance Monday night by defeating Hesperia. The Panthers never let the ‘Dogs run away from them with timely shooting,” Ravenna coach Courtney Kemp said. “The ‘Dogs learned a valuable lesson tonight: Nothing this time of year is given. It must be earned.”

Hesperia’s Nicholas Guarnieri led all scorers with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists in a well-balanced floor game.

“In the second quarter, Ravenna took the lead largely due to their half-court trap, creating turnovers that led to easy baskets,” said Hesperia coach Scott Warsaw, whose team led 11-10 after one quarter, and trailed 29-23 at halftime and 46-37 through three quarters.

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