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WMC boys basketball: Big third quarter propels NM; Montague edges Holton

Two current WMC squads squared off with future league opponents

There were two nonleague matchups in West Michigan Conference boys basketball on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

North Muskegon and Montague both encountered opponents that will be entering the West Michigan Conference this Fall for the 2022-23 school year.

Troy McManus of the North Muskegon boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

NORTH MUSKEGON 59, MANISTEE 40: At Manistee, the visiting Norse fought through a competitive first half of play resulting in a 23-17 score at the break. An explosive 23-point third quarter enabled North Muskegon to push the lead out significantly. Manistee chipped away late in the game but was unable to overcome the deficit.

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 16 points, 6 rebounds

James Young 7 points

Brandon Rypstra 6 points

Bo Nedeau 6 points

Records:

North Muskegon 8-4 overall

Manistee 1-9 overall

Next games:

Shelby at North Muskegon – Tuesday, Feb. 2

Manistee at Muskegon Catholic Central – Friday, Jan. 28

MONTAGUE 51, HOLTON 48: At Holton, the visiting Wildcats outscored the Red Devils 46-25 in the first three quarters of play. In the fourth, Montague struggled to maintain composure as the Red Devils scored 23 points to bring the game within three points. A missed shot at the buzzer sent Montague home with a narrow margin victory.

Montague leaders:

Tate Stine 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Rodney Brassfield 9 points, 10 rebounds

Paul Olson 7 points

Records:

Montague 6-4 overall

Holton 6-2 overall

Next games:

Montague at Oakridge – Tuesday, Feb. 1

Holton at Morley Stanwood – Friday, Jan. 28

Media Specialist for CatchMark Technologies and CatchMark SportsNet.

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