Fennville boys’ basketball hand Martin first loss of season
By Leo Martonosi
MARTIN—The Martin basketball team entered its SAC contest with visiting Fennville on Friday, Jan. 11, riding high, but it was the Blackhawks that traveled back home with the triumph.
“Our defense was the difference,” said Fennville coach Joe Rodriguez after his squad saddled the Clippers with their first loss.
The win moved Fennville to within a game of .500 at 4-5.
“They did a good job against our press,” said Martin coach Bradley Moelker, whose team fell to 7-1. “The big issue for us was we needed to play smarter.”
Martin athletic director Robert VandenBerg shook his head at the brilliant play of Fennville senior Austin Scovill.
“That kid was the back-breaker all night,” VandenBerg said. “He was amazing.”
The stocky Scovill finished the contest with a game-high 15 points.
“That was by far the most points Austin has ever scored,” Rodriguez said. “He was unbelievable.”
Scovill couldn’t quite believe he had the game of his life against a team that came into the contest unbeaten.
“I’m obviously very happy because last year I was the last guy off the bench,” Scovill said. “The most important thing tonight is that we won.”
Scovill wasn’t the lone scoring threat for Fennville. Matthew Sanchez and Jace Cossey also reached double figures with 14 and 13 respective points.
“We had solid all-around games from several guys,” Rodriguez said.
Fennville, which was on top by only four points at 20-16 at the end of the first period, held Martin to only two points in the second stanza in taking a 31-18 lead into the third stanza.
The Clippers’ offensive nightmare continued as they only managed six points while giving up 10 in the third quarter to trail 41-26 heading into the final quarter.
“We couldn’t get anything to fall,” Moelker said.
Moelker wasn’t just referring to his team’s cold shooting from the field, but also the icy 6-of-19 (31 percent) showing from the charity stripe.
Fennville also struggled when they stepped to the free throw line, netting 9 of 19 attempts for 47 percent.
“I think both teams came into tonight making around 70 percent of their free throws,” Rodriguez said.
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