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WMC boys basketball: North Muskegon, Oakridge, Whitehall earn victories (Jan. 4, 2022)

It’s shaping up to be a wild race in the West Michigan Conference.

The West Michigan Conference boys basketball race is wide open and North Muskegon is doing what it can to stay in the thick of it.

The Norsemen earned a big road win Tuesday night, defeating Ravenna 56-41 behind a balanced effort.

Troy McManus led the Norse (3-3, 1-2 WMC) with 15 points and five rebounds, while James Young had 14 points and Brandon Rypstra 10. Young went 5 of 7 from the free-throw line, including 4 for 4 down the stretch.

Clay Schullo paced Ravenna (3-2, 2-1) with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Travis May had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kyle Beebe added nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks for the Bulldogs, who have lost two in a row.

“It was a great first half that went back and forth. We grabbed a two-point lead at the half,” said North Muskegon coach Chuck Rypstra, whose team led 23-21 at the break. “In the second half, we were able to extend out a bit in the third quarter as five different guys contributed points.

“We had a good push early in the fourth and then Ravenna had to start taking chances. We were able to convert just enough and made our free throws down the stretch.”

On Friday, North Muskegon hosts Montague (3-1, 2-1) and Ravenna welcomes Oakridge (4-3, 1-2).

Oakridge’s boys basketball team is pictured at Media day on Nov. 24, 2021, at the Viking Athletic Center in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)

OAKRIDGE 54, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 46: At Oakridge, the host Eagles used a 20-6 first-quarter scoring advantage and rode that en route to their first conference win.

Oakridge leaders:

Garrett Wever 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists

Ethan Jozsa 13 points, 10 rebounds

Hunter DeLora 9 points

Peyton Ruel 7 points, 7 assists, 5 steals

Ryan Cribbins 3 steals

Mason County Central leaders:

Wil Chye 19 points

Jayden Perrone 10 points

Kolden Myer 10 points

Records:

Oakridge 4-3 (1-2 WMC)

Mason County Central 1-4 (0-3 WMC)

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)

WHITEHALL 53, MONTAGUE 43: At Whitehall, the host Vikings took an early lead and never relinquished it in handing Montague its first loss of the season.

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Graphic by Zach Zweigle | CatchMark

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