By Jason Wesseldyk
Fennville 50 Coloma 57
For the turning point of Fennville’s road game against Coloma on Friday, Dec. 14, one need look no farther than the third quarter.
With the game tied at halftime, Fennville found itself on the wrong end of a 21-14 point differential in the third stanza.
And that proved to be the winning margin as the teams again played even in the fourth quarter and Coloma came away with the 57-50 win.
“We played them even in three of the four quarters, but allowed them to get momentum in the third,” Fennville coach Joe Rodriguez said. “That was the difference.”
Matthew Sanchez scored 23 points in the loss, two less than Coloma sharpshooter Zach Goodline’s game-best total of 25.
“We had a tough task guarding one of the top players in the area in Goodline,” Rodriguez said. “He was able to score 25 of them, but I thought we made him have to earn each of those points.
“Matthew played lights out tonight, going shot for shot with Goodline. He really showed what type of caliber player he can be in a high-pressure game.”
The loss left Fennville’s record at 3-3.
“I felt that my guys went out and left it all on the floor tonight,” Rodriguez said. “We battled down two starters and gained some valuable experience that will be utilized come March.”
Fennville 59 Lawton 31
Seniors Jace Cossey and Matthew Sanchez formed quite the dynamic duo for Fennville in its SAC contest against Lawton on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Cossey went for a game-high 21 points and Sanchez was close behind at 19 as the pair combined for 40 points in lead the Blackhawks to the 59-31 win.
The performances from Cossey and Sanchez helped offset the fact that Fennville was playing the game a little shorthanded.
“We’re learning how to deal with adversity in this early stretch,” Fennville coach Joe Rodriguez said. “We’d already been playing without one of our top players due to a football injury, but then we lost another starter Friday night to a knee injury.
“The staff addressed the team Monday about changing our approach in practice and finding ways to get one percent better each day as a group. We had an excellent practice on Monday and it carried over tonight.”
With Cossey and Sanchez provided the offense, the entire Fennville team stepped up on the defensive end. The Blackhawks limited Lawton to two points in the third quarter and 11 in the second half.
“It was a great defensive effort tonight,” Rodriguez said. “These games are confidence boosters right now for us and I know it will pay huge dividends when we can get everyone back healthy by the end of the season.”
Saugatuck 22 Schoolcraft 64
Saugatuck coach Brian Ward needed just eight words to summarize his team’s game against Schoolcraft on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
“It was not a good night for us,” Ward said.
It was a good night for Schoolcraft, however, as the Eagles scored 24 straight points to open the game and handed Saugatuck the 64-22 loss.
“Schoolcraft came right out of the gate firing, putting the game out of reach early,” Ward said. “We could never get anything going and turned the ball over too many times throughout the contest.”
Brad Dunn scored eight points in the losing cause.