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WMC boys basketball: Ravenna stays on top; Shelby, North Muskegon pull out thrillers

Oakridge rolls past Hart on strength of big first quarter (Jan. 21, 2022 roundup).

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

The CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week lived up to its billing Friday night, as Ravenna edged host Montague, 52-46, in a competitive boys basketball clash.

That’s two big road wins this week for the Bulldogs (7-3), who at the midway point of the season are sitting in a nice position — alone atop the West Michigan Conference standings at 6-1. On Tuesday, the ‘Dogs earned a 57-48 victory at Shelby, which knocked off Whitehall on Friday.

Montague slips to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

Here’s a replay of the livestream of the game produced by CatchMark SportsNet:

Here are stat leaders for Ravenna and Montague, followed by a roundup of other action from the conference Friday night.

Ravenna leaders:

Kyle Beebe 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Grant Becklin 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals

Travis May 6 points, 4 assists, 5 steals

Montague leaders:

Tate Stine 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

Owen Raeth 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Rodney Brassfield 7 points, 8 rebounds

Records:

Ravenna 7-3 overall, 6-1 WMC

Montague 4-4 overall, 3-4 WMC

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)

SHELBY 55, WHITEHALL 54: At Shelby, the host Tigers pulled out this thriller as Whitehall had a chance to win on a last-second shot. Shelby lead 21-14 at the half and hung on for the big win.

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

Mason Garcia 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Bishop Lee 10 points, 5 rebounds

Whitehall leaders:

Jack Houtteman 13 points, 3 rebounds

Camden Thompson 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

Red Watson 10 points, 3 assists, 4 steals

Records:

Shelby 5-3 overall, 3-2 WMC

Whitehall 5-4 overall, 4-2 WMC

Sam Gallo 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 58, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 56 (OT): At North Muskegon, the host Norsemen jumped out to a 28-17 lead at the half, but Mason County Central battled back in this dramatic matchup. The Spartans had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, and tie it at the end of overtime, but could not convert. North Muskegon’s Brandon Rypstra hit a 3-pointer, followed by Troy McManus’ two free throws, to push the Norse over the top in OT.

North Muskegon leaders:

Sam Gallo 13 points, 5 rebounds

Brandon Rypstra 11 points

James Young 9 points 3 assists

Champ Young 9 points, 5 rebounds

Troy McManus 5 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Mason County Central leaders:

Will Chye 27 points, 9 rebounds

Jayden Perrone 12 points

Kolden Meyer 10 points

Records:

North Muskegon 7-3 overall, 5-2 WMC

MCC 4-5 overall, 0-5 WMC

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

OAKRIDGE 69, HART 44: At Oakridge, the host Eagles jumped on Hart 23-9 in the first quarter and rode that wave to a runaway league victory. Oakridge led 40-24 at halftime.

Oakridge leaders:

Hunter DeLora 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Garrett Wever 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists

Ethan Jozsa 11 points, 3 blocks

Matt Danicek 9 points

Peyton Ruel 7 assists, 5 rebounds

Hart leaders:

Parker Hovey 15 points, 8 rebounds

Caleb Bitley 10 points

Jake VanderWilk 6 points, 5 rebounds

Records:

Oakridge 5-6 overall, 2-5 WMC

Hart 4-4 overall, 2-4 WMC

Media Specialist for CatchMark Technologies and CatchMark SportsNet.

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