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Whitehall seizes ‘The Bridge’ trophy in Game of the Week win over rival Montague

Vikings surge in third quarter to win first of two boys basketball matchups vs. Wildcats this season.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

WHITEHALL — Whitehall’s boys basketball team talks a lot about capturing trophies, be it conference, district or more.

The Vikings seized another piece of hardware Thursday night: “The Bridge” traveling trophy, a creation of Montague’s Mark Peets. The owner of Image Pro donated his time and energy in making the trophy and adding even more juice to the rivalry.

Sophomore forward Kal Koehler scored a game-high 26 points to power Whitehall to a 58-48 victory over Montague in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week.

You can watch a replay here of the livestream produced by CatchMark SportsNet:

Here are more notables and details from the game:

  • The 6-foot-3 Koehler shot 10-of-19 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. He added seven rebounds and two steals.
  • Fellow Whitehall sophomore wing Camden Thompson added 14 points and 10 rebounds despite battling illness all week.
  • Whitehall senior guard Jack Houtteman was a menace in the passing lanes. He racked up eight steals to go with five points, three rebounds and three assists.
  • Whitehall junior guard Ca’Mar Ready contributed eight points off the bench.
  • Whitehall senior guard Jack McDowell added five points off the bench.

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  • Montague senior Braeden Johnston led his team with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
  • Montague junior forward Paul Olson had 10 points and three assists.
  • Montague’s Isaiah Atchison, a 6-9 junior forward, finished with nine points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two assists.
  • Montague junior guard Owen Raeth had six points, seven rebounds and three steals.
  • Montague freshman guard Hunter Osborne added five points.
  • Montague led 28-22 at halftime, but the Wildcats committed 11 turnovers in third quarter when Whitehall outscored them 18-4 and took command. Montague finished with 23 turnovers in the game compared to only 11 for Whitehall.
  • Montague made a bit of a surge in the fourth quarter, but Whitehall was able to hold off the Wildcats.
  • Whitehall went 7-of-15 from the free-throw line, while Montague was 2-for-2.
  • Whitehall (3-1 overall, 1-0 WMC Lakes Division) bounced back from Tuesday’s 81-68 nonleague road loss at Sparta.
  • Montague (3-1, 0-1 WMC Lakes) suffered its first defeat. The Wildcats were coming off a solid 47-39 nonleague home win over Fruitport Tuesday.
  • Next games: Whitehall hosts winless Manistee at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 20). On the same night, Montague travels to face unbeaten Ludington for a 7 p.m. divisional contest.

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