West Michigan Roundup, Friday 2/26/21

Written by
Nolan Unthank

West Michigan Roundup, Friday 2/26/21

With most of the OK Conference teams playing Thursday/Saturday this week, the spotlight was on Southwest Michigan last night. There weren't that many great games on the schedule besides Marcellus and Centreville in the Southwest 10. Centreville bounced back from their Cassopolis loss with a 61-52 win. In one of the only OK Conference games Unity Christian beat Allendale easily 65-25.

Best Win: Unity Christian over Allendale 65-25

Allendale had previously won four straight and came into the game with a (6-1) record. Unity Christian completely embarrassed them last night further establishing themselves as the class of the conference. It’s looking pretty likely that Unity will run the table in the OK Blue, they are halfway there at (7-0) right now.

Best Performance: Coloma’s Drew Goodline (2021 G): 30 points

In a game with major conference title implications, Coloma’s star played fantastic scoring 30 points against undefeated Watervliet. With Coloma’s win there is now a 3-way tie for 1st in the SAC Lakeshore between Coloma, Fennville, and Watervliet at (5-1).

Upsets: Three winless teams were able to pull off upsets last night

-(0-4) Bangor over (1-2) Decatur 38-33

Bangor had lost 28 straight games coming into last night with their last win occurring on Feb 8, 2019.

-(0-5) St. Joe Lutheran over (4-3) Three Oaks River Valley 51-44

-(0-5) Niles over (4-2) Buchanan

Still Unbeaten: New Buffalo (6-0)

After nearly three weeks of play New Buffalo is still undefeated. They will have a huge game today against Bridgman. If they can beat Bridgman twice they might be able to go undefeated the whole season.

Game I Attended: Kalamazoo Christian 52, Martin 37

This SAC-Crossover game looked enticing last night, so with a light slate that’s where I headed. Martin got off to a solid start with Mitchell Jager knocking down a couple first quarter threes. The Clippers held an 11-9 lead after one quarter. They got ice cold in the second quarter only hitting one field goal while K-Christian’s Willem de Jong and JJ Manion each added 6 points in the quarter, outscoring Martin 14-7. At the half K-Christian held a 23-18 lead, so the game was still within reach for Martin. Martin’s Mitchell Jager hit a three to cut the deficit to 25-22, unfortunately that was the last shot that Martin would hit in the quarter. K-Christian went on a 13-0 run to end the quarter leading 38-22 and it was ballgame over. Martin did play a strong fourth quarter as Collin Coburn finally got it going scoring 8 points in the last quarter. K-Christian ended up defeating Martin 52-37 led by 14 points from JJ Manion, 12 from Willem de Jong, and 10 from Brandon DeVries. Martin was led by Collin Coburn with 14 points and Mitchell Jager with 13 points.