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Boys basketball clinches first conference title in 8 years

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THE BASICS:

Final Score: GRCC – 59   | WC – 42

Location: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Records: GRCC 14-2 (9-0) | West Catholic – 3-14 (0-9)

 

POINTS PER HALF:

GRCC – 35   | WC – 20

GRCC – 24  | WC – 22

 

The boys basketball team at Catholic Central, ranked 8th in the state in Class B, beat West Catholic last night 59-42 at home. This game clinched at least a share of the conference championship, the first one for the boys program in 8 years. Coach Meerman commented on this effort, “Our staff is really proud of our guys. They have been committed to working hard and playing as a team. Combine those two things and winning a conference title is the result.”

The Cougar offensive, led by Jalen Mayfield who put up 10 of the 20 first quarter Catholic Central points, really shined in the first 8 minutes of play. James Pelkey had no problem finding the basket either as he contributed 6 points. Credit to the Cougar defensive as well as they forced a hand full of turnovers and held West Catholic to 0 points in the first 3 minutes of play.

The second half saw much of the same action and the Cougars team game continued to shine.  West Catholic put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough as every Cougar player found the scoresheet and Catholic Central came out with yet another OK Blue victory.

Coach Meerman talked about the team effort, “We had some incredible individual efforts tonight on both ends of the floor. But even with all of those impressive individual efforts, it takes a team effort on offense and defense for 32 minutes to win games. Over half of our buckets tonight were assisted, and that shows the type of commitment they have to playing as a team and sharing the ball.”

By the Numbers: Marcus Bingham Jr. led the team with 17 points, while Jalen Mayfield and James Pelkey contributed 13 and 10 respectively.

Up Next: The Cougars continue conference play on Friday at Allendale at 6 pm. The girls team, ranked 4th in the state in Class B, plays after the boys at 7:30.

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