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WMC boys basketball: Hart opens 2021-22 with big win; Whitehall falls in coach’s debut

North Muskegon, Oakridge and Ravenna also victorious in season openers.

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

Hart’s boys basketball coach Adam Jerry and his Pirates said all the right things at VanDyk Mortgage CatchMark SportsNet media day a couple weeks ago, that this could be a different season.

They backed up their words, at least in Tuesday night’s season opener.

Hart outscored host Western Michigan Christian 17-5 in the pivotal third quarter to erase a halftime deficit and go on to a 57-47 nonleague victory.

“Finishing out the game in the fourth quarter, Parker Hovey scored seven points, Caleb Bitely went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line, and players made winning plays,” Jerry said. “Kohen Porter was on the floor, securing loose balls; Diego Escamilla and Wyatt Dean were all over defensively; Tony Rayo pulling down rebounds – it was a true team win.”

Hovey finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four steals to power Hart. Bitely had 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Jake VanderWilk added seven points and six rebounds.

Hart opens West Michigan Conference play this Friday at home against Mason County Central. Tip-off time will be approximately 7:30 p.m.

Photos by Zach Zweigle | CatchMark

SPRING LAKE 58, WHITEHALL 36: At Spring Lake, Whitehall led 10-8 after one quarter but the host Lakers used a 15-6 second-quarter advantage and began to pull away in the head-coaching debut of the Vikings’ Christian Subdon.

Whitehall leaders:

Jack Houtteman 9 points, 3 rebounds

Red Watson 8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals

Brodie Fogus 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

Jack McDowell 6 points

Records:

Whitehall 0-1

Spring Lake 1-0

Next games:

Ravenna at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Friday

Grand Haven at Spring Lake, 6 p.m. Dec. 17

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

OAKRIDGE 50, FRUITPORT 47: At Oakridge, the host Eagles built a 30-19 halftime lead, then held off a late Fruitport run to win their season opener Tuesday night. Oakridge tips off West Michigan Conference play Friday at Montague in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week.

Oakridge leaders:

Ethan Jozsa 29 points, 11 rebounds

Garrett Wever 8 points, 6 assists

Peyton Ruel 3 steals

Fruitport leaders:

Andrew Spyke 16 points

Bode Anspaugh 14 points

Records:

Oakridge 1-0

Fruitport 0-1

Next games:

Oakridge at Montague, 7 p.m. Friday

Fruitport at Fruitport Calvary Christian, 7 p.m. Friday

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 53, MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 23: At North Muskegon, the host Norsemen jumped out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead and cruised to the season-opening victory. The Norse converted turnovers into baskets and played good defense from the start.

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

Jason Bogue 10 points

Sam Gallo 9 points

Brandon Rypstra 6 points, 5 rebounds

Ben Meyers 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

MCC leaders:

Bradon Gustin 5 points

Jaden Johnson 5 points

Dane Rutz 4 points

Records:

North Muskegon 1-0

MCC 0-1

Next games:

North Muskegon at Shelby, 7 p.m. Friday

MCC at Manistee, 7 p.m. Friday

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

FREMONT 54, SHELBY 47: At Shelby, the host Tigers went cold for a stretch in the fourth quarter in a season-opening loss Tuesday night. Coach Rick Zoulek said he was pleased with the effort of his team, which battled on the boards and forced turnovers in its press.

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 14 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists, 2 blocks

Wyatt Dickman 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Mason Garcia 3 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

Records:

Shelby 0-1

Fremont 1-0

Next games:

North Muskegon at Shelby, 7 p.m. Friday

Big Rapids at Fremont, 7 p.m. Friday

File photo (Zach Zweigle | CatchMark)

FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 64, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 58: At Mason County Central, Fruitport Calvary’s one-two punch of Bradley Richards and Jacob May was too much for the host Spartans in the season opener Tuesday.

Mason County Central leaders:

Will Chye 22 points, 4 rebounds

Zach Draper 12 points

Tyler Thurow 9 points, 5 rebounds

Fruitport Calvary Christian leaders:

Bradley Richards 27 points, 10 rebounds

Jacob May 27 points

Records:

Mason County Central 0-1

Fruitport Calvary Christian 2-0

Next games:

Mason County Central at Hart, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Fruitport at Fruitport Calvary Christian, 7 p.m. Friday

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

MONDAY

RAVENNA 65, WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY 50: At West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids, the visiting Bulldogs used a 16-7 second-quarter scoring advantage and pulled away in the final three quarters to post a comfortable season-opening win Monday.

Ravenna leaders:

Travis May 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

Grant Becklin 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Clay Schullo 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals

Kyle Beebe 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

West Michigan Aviation leaders:

Luke Riebel 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals

Zakaria Mohamed 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Records:

Ravenna 1-0

West Michigan Aviation 0-1

Next games:

Ravenna at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Friday

Grand Rapids Adventist at West Michigan Aviation, 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 8)

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