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WMC boys basketball: Garrett Wever’s buzzer-beating 3 gives Oakridge much-needed win

Whitehall falls into early hole and cannot recover at Allendale.

Garrett Wever of the Oakridge boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

After a couple disappointing losses in a row, Oakridge’s boys basketball team was looking for a win any way the Eagles could get it.

Garrett Wever delivered.

The senior guard drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Oakridge to a 38-37 comeback victory over Wyoming Potter’s House Christian in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament Red Division consolation game on Wednesday.

Wever finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists en route to being named to the Red Division All-Tournament team.

Ethan Jozsa paced the Eagles (3-3) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Ty Maitland grabbed seven rebounds, while Peyton Ruel added seven steals and two assists.

Oakridge lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic, 71-34, on Monday in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament opener. Last week, the Eagles dropped a 56-46 home decision to Shelby in West Michigan Conference play.

In Wednesday’s win over Potter’s House (1-3), the Eagles used a 15-7 fourth-quarter scoring advantage to pull out the win.

Oakridge gets a bit of a break now, returning to action Tuesday, Jan. 4, at home against Mason County Central.

THURSDAY

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

ALLENDALE 65, WHITEHALL 35: At Allendale, the host Falcons raced out to a 16-6 lead after one quarter and 33-10 advantage at halftime in posting the nonleague victory.

Whitehall leaders:

Red Watson 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Jack McDowell 5 points, 3 rebounds

Nate Bolley 5 points, 2 rebounds

Jackson Stoudt 5 points

Records:

Whitehall 2-3

Allendale 1-0

Next games:

Montague at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4

Allendale vs. Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, 3 p.m. Monday in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament Blue Division

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