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WMC boys basketball: Logjam atop standings between North Muskegon, Ravenna, Whitehall

Big matchup looming Friday as Vikings visit Norsemen in CatchMark Game of the Week.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

It continues to be a wild boys basketball race in the West Michigan Conference.

With Whitehall’s 55-41 win at Ravenna and North Muskegon’s 57-51 victory over visiting Shelby Tuesday, there’s a three-way tie atop the standings between the Vikings, Bulldogs and Norsemen.

This Friday, Whitehall visits North Muskegon in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week. In December, the Vikings assembled a furious second-half rally to down the Norse, 55-51, in a very intense game at Whitehall.

Here is a roundup of West Michigan Conference boys basketball action from Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022:

WHITEHALL 55, RAVENNA 41: At Ravenna, the visiting Vikings used defense to avenge a 66-41 loss to the Bulldogs suffered earlier this season. The game was tied at 17 at halftime, then the Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 19-12 in both the third and fourth quarters. With the win, Whitehall climbs into a tie for first place with Ravenna and North Muskegon.

Whitehall leaders:

Camden Thompson 15 points, 13 rebounds

Jack Houtteman 9 points, 3 rebounds

Nate Bolley 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Isaac DeHart 7 points, 3 rebounds

Red Watson 5 points, 6 rebounds

Ravenna leaders:

Kyle Beebe 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Travis May 8 points, 3 rebounds

Clay Schullo 6 points, 5 rebounds

Grant Becklin 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Records:

Whitehall 7-4 overall (6-2 WMC)

Ravenna 7-4 overall (6-2 WMC)

Next games:

Whitehall at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

Ravenna at Hart, 7:30 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 57, SHELBY 51: At North Muskegon, the host Norsemen overcame a cold start by outscoring the Tigers 42-23 over the middle two quarters. With the win and Whitehall’s victory at Ravenna, the Norse climb into a tie for first place in the league with the Vikings and Bulldogs.

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 20 points, 3 assists

James Young 8 points, 5 assists

Sam Gallo 6 points, 6 rebounds

Ben Meyers 6 points, 3 steals

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 27 points

Wyatt Dickman 7 points

Records:

North Muskegon 9-4 overall (6-2 WMC)

Shelby 7-4 overall (5-3 WMC)

Next games:

Whitehall at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

Oakridge at Shelby, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Photos by Brent Raeth | CatchMark

MONTAGUE 57, OAKRIDGE 47: At Oakridge, the visiting Wildcats used a balanced effort to shake off a slow start and complete the season sweep of the Eagles.

Montague leaders:

Owen Raeth 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals

Tugg Nichols 12 points, 3 assists

Colton Blankstrom 11 points, 3 rebounds

Tate Stine 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Isaiah Atchison 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Oakridge leaders:

Garrett Wever 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Hunter DeLora 13 points, 4 rebounds

Ethan Jozsa 11 points, 5 rebounds

Peyton Ruel 4 assists, 2 steals

Records:

Montague 7-4 overall (4-4 WMC)

Oakridge 5-8 overall (2-6 WMC)

Next games:

Mason County Central at Montague, 7 p.m. Friday

Oakridge at Shelby, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Mason County Central’s Will Chye is pictured after the Spartans’ home game against Whitehall on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Scottville, Mich. (Zach Zweigle | CatchMark)

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 60, HART 45: At Mason County Central, the host Spartans built a 33-19 halftime lead and cruised to the first league win of the season.

MCC leaders:

Will Chye 25 points, 8 rebounds

Jayden Perrone 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

Landon Smith 8 points

Hart leaders:

Parker Hovey 21 points, 8 rebounds

Wyatt Dean 7 points

Records:

Mason County Central 4-8 overall (1-7 WMC)

Hart 4-6 overall (2-6 WMC)

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