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WMC boys basketball: Red-hot Oakridge wins overtime thriller at Whitehall (watch replay)

Vikings still alone atop league standings as Ravenna falls at Mason County Central.

It’s been an interesting boys basketball season in the West Michigan Conference, to say the least.

As the regular season winds down, Oakridge and Montague are playing like the teams many thought they would be.

The Eagles are riding a five-game winning streak now after a big week that included victories over the conference’s top two title contenders, Whitehall and Ravenna. The Wildcats also have been doing a lot of winning lately and they kept that rolling Friday night.

Here is a roundup of WMC boys basketball action Feb. 18, 2022. Check out the stream replay above from the Oakridge-Whitehall game.

OAKRIDGE 62, WHITEHALL 60 (OT): At Whitehall, the visiting Eagles capped a great week with a thrilling overtime victory over the first-place Vikings. On Tuesday, Oakridge routed Ravenna, 65-41, knocking the Bulldogs from a tie atop the league standings. The one-two senior punch of Garrett Wever and Ethan Jozsa was a force once again in the win over Whitehall.

Oakridge leaders:

Garrett Wever 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Ethan Jozsa 21 points, 10 rebounds

Hunter DeLora 10 points

Peyton Ruel 3 assists, 2 steals

Ryan Cribbins 2 steals

Whitehall leaders:

Camden Thompson 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Isaac DeHart 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Red Watson 12 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals

Nate Bolley 4 rebounds

Records:

Oakridge 10-8 overall, 6-6 WMC

Whitehall 11-5 overall, 9-3 WMC

Next games:

Ludington at Whitehall, 7 p.m. Wednesday

North Muskegon at Oakridge, 7:30 p.m. Friday

File photo (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 40, RAVENNA 39: At Mason County Central, the host Spartans held the Bulldogs to 14 second-half points in rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit. Ravenna had a chance to climb into a first-place tie with Whitehall in the conference standings but could not capitalize.

MCC leaders:

Jayden Perrone 13 points

Will Chye 12 points

Jack VanderHaag 5 points

Kolden Myer 4 points

Ravenna leaders:

Grant Becklin 17 points

Kyle Beebe 12 points

Carter Schullo 6 points

Records:

Mason County Central 5-11 overall, 2-10 WMC

Ravenna 10-6 overall, 8-4 WMC

Next games:

Onekama at Mason County Central, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Shelby at Ravenna, 7 p.m. Friday

MONTAGUE 61, SHELBY 54: At Shelby, the visiting Wildcats jumped out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and never trailed the entire night. Sophomore Isaiah Atchison was a force with a double-double in points and blocks. This is the seventh win in eight games for Montague.

Montague leaders:

Isaiah Atchison 18 points, 7 rebounds, 10 blocks, 1 assist

Tate Stine 11 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals

Owen Raeth 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals

Paul Olson 7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Colton Blankstrom 6 points, 2 rebounds

Rodney Brassfield 6 rebounds

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 31 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Bishop Lee 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Mason Garcia 7 points, 9 assists, 3 steals

Records:

Montague 11-5 overall, 7-5 WMC

Shelby 10-6 overall, 7-5 WMC

Next games:

Manistee at Montague, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Shelby at Orchard View, 7 p.m. Tuesday

Brandon Rypstra 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 62, HART 32: At Hart, the visiting Norsemen jumped out to a 19-5 first-quarter lead and continued to pull away for the convincing win.

North Muskegon leaders:

Brandon Rypstra 15 points

Troy McManus 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Jason Bogue 12 points, 6 rebounds

James Young 11 points, 3 assists

Ben Meyers 5 assists, 3 steals

Sam Gallo 8 rebounds

Hart leaders:

Tony Rayo 11 points

Wyatt Dean 9 points

Records:

North Muskegon 10-7 overall, 7-5 WMC

Hart 5-10 overall, 2-10 WMC

Next games:

Hart at Fruitport Calvary Christian, 7:30 p.m. Monday

North Muskegon at Oakridge, 7:30 p.m. Friday

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