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WMC boys basketball: Ravenna alone in first place, North Muskegon stays hot

Hart pulls out big win over Montague, Mason County Central rolls in nonleague game.

In a West Michigan Conference boys basketball race with plenty of twists and turns, Ravenna pulled back into the lead position by a nose.

The Bulldogs’ 57-48 road victory over Shelby Tuesday night put them a half-game ahead of Whitehall in the league standings, as the Vikings did not play.

Ravenna has a big game this Friday at Montague in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week, which will be livestreamed for free on our YouTube channel.

Elsewhere, North Muskegon remains the hottest team in the league with a fourth-straight win, while Hart pulled out a big home victory in a thriller.

Here is the West Michigan Conference boys basketball roundup from Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022:

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)

RAVENNA 57, SHELBY 48: At Shelby, Ravenna used a second-quarter run to create some separation and finished off the road victory. The win puts the Bulldogs a half-game ahead of Whitehall atop the conference standings.

Ravenna leaders:

Grant Becklin 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Kyle Beebe 12 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists

Clay Schullo 7 points, 4 rebounds

Travis May 6 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

Carter Schullo 5 points, 7 rebounds

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Mason Garcia 15 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists

Bishop Lee 13 points, 7 rebounds

Records:

Ravenna 6-3 (5-1 WMC)

Shelby 4-3 (2-2 WMC)

Next games:

Ravenna at Montague, 7 p.m. Friday

Whitehall at Shelby, 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 52, OAKRIDGE 47: At North Muskegon, the host Norsemen pulled out the hard-fought win and captured their fourth-straight victory in the conference.

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals

Brandon Rypstra 10 points, 4 rebounds

Champ Young 6 points, 6 rebounds

James Young 6 points

Oakridge leaders:

Ethan Jozsa 20 points, 13 rebounds

Hunter DeLora 16 points

Peyton Ruel 4 assists, 4 steals

Garrett Wever 4 assists

Records:

North Muskegon 6-3 (4-2 WMC)

Oakridge 4-6 (1-5 WMC)

Next games:

Mason County Central at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

Hart at Oakridge, 7 p.m. Friday

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 62, MONTAGUE 59: At Hart, Parker Hovey’s double-double and Diego Escamilla’s five 3-pointers helped the host Pirates pull out the win over Montague.

Hart leaders:

Parker Hovey 25 points, 11 rebounds

Diego Escamilla 17 points

Montague leaders:

Tate Stine 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Braeden Johnston 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

Tugg Nichols 10 points, 2 assists

Isaiah Atchison 7 points, 6 rebounds

Colton Blankstrom 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Rodney Brassfield 4 points, 7 rebounds

Records:

Hart 4-3 (2-3 WMC)

Montague 4-3 (3-3 WMC)

Next games:

Hart at Oakridge, 7 p.m. Friday

Ravenna at Montague, 7 p.m. Friday

Photos by Brent Raeth | CatchMark

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 87, HESPERIA 45: At Hesperia, Mason County Central scored 23 points in the first quarter and erupted for a combined 56 over the middle two frames en route to the runaway nonleague win.

MCC leaders:

Will Chye 24 points, 6 assists, 3 steals

Jayden Perrone 20 points, 9 rebounds

Tyler Thurow 13 points

Hesperia leader:

Maddox Mosley 24 points

Records:

Mason County Central 3-5

Hesperia 1-6

Next games:

Mason County Central at North Muskegon, 7 p.m. Friday

Hesperia at Holton, 7 p.m. Friday

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