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WMC boys basketball: Montague hands Shelby first league loss, title chase is on

Whitehall and Ravenna tied atop standings; North Muskegon stays hot.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

A Montague boys basketball team with West Michigan Conference title hopes was a bit staggered with two-straight losses coming out of Christmas break.

Things didn’t look good at the start of Thursday night’s league showdown with visiting Shelby, but the Wildcats found their footing thanks to their suffocating defense.

Montague defeated Shelby, 57-45, after falling into a 9-0 hole to start the game and handed the Tigers their first league defeat. Now, it’s game on again in the West Michigan Conference race.

Montague improves to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the WMC. Shelby slips to 4-2 and 2-1, respectively.

Ravenna and Whitehall, both 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the WMC, after winning close games Thursday, are tied atop the conference standings with Montague and North Muskegon both one game back.

Here are stats leaders from the hard-fought, physical game between the Tigers and balanced Wildcats:

Montague leaders:

Tate Stine 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Tugg Nichols 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Rodney Brassfield 10 points, 8 rebounds

Isaiah Atchison 8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 3 steals

Owen Raeth 7 points

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 16 points

Carson Claeys 12 points

Bishop Lee 8 points

Mason Garcia 7 points

Next games:

Montague at Hart, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ravenna at Shelby, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Watch the game replay on the CatchMark SportsNet YouTube page:

WHITEHALL 62, OAKRIDGE 59: At Oakridge, Whitehall used double-doubles from Brodie Fogus and Camden Thompson to pull out a tight victory over Oakridge and remain tied atop the conference standings with Ravenna.

Whitehall leaders:

Brodie Fogus 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Camden Thompson 14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists

Red Watson 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals

Jack Houtteman 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Nate Bolley 6 points, 2 rebounds

Isaac DeHart 6 points

Oakridge leaders:

Ethan Jozsa 17 points

Hunter DeLora 17 points

Garrett Wever 11 points, 4 assists

Peyton Ruel 7 points, 5 assists, 3 steals

Records:

Whitehall 5-3 (4-1 WMC)

Oakridge 4-5 (1-4 WMC)

Next games:

Whitehall at Shelby, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18

Oakridge at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Whitehall’s boys basketball team defeated rival Montague, 53-43, in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Whitehall High School. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

RAVENNA 56, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 54: At Ravenna, Mason County Central had a chance to win the game on a late 3-pointer, but the shot would not fall. With the win, the Bulldogs stay tied atop the league standings with Whitehall.

Ravenna leaders:

Grant Becklin 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals

Kyle Beebe 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

Clay Schullo 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks

Travis May 10 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Mason County Central leaders:

Kolden Myer 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists

Zach Draper 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Will Chye 11 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Jack VanderHaag 9 points, 2 rebounds

Jayden Perrone 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists

Records:

Ravenna 5-3 (4-1 WMC)

Mason County Central 2-5 (0-4 WMC)

Next games:

Ravenna at Shelby, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Mason County Central at Hesperia, 7 p.m. Tuesday

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

NORTH MUSKEGON 51, HART 24: At North Muskegon, the Norsemen used stingy defense to turn away Hart and win their third-straight conference game.

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists

Champ Young 7 points, 5 rebounds

James Young 7 points

Quinn Kersman 6 points

Sam Gallo 6 points

Brandon Rypstra 6 points

Hart leader:

Parker Hovey 14 points

Records:

North Muskegon 5-3 (3-2 WMC)

Hart 3-3 (1-3 WMC)

Next games:

Oakridge at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Montague at Hart, 7 p.m. Tuesday

North Muskegon and Orchard View compete in the 19th Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at Reeths-Puffer High School in Muskegon, Mich. Orchard View defeated North Muskegon, 61-53. (Photo by Joe Lane for the MASHF)

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