Big Rapids boys start off busy week with 49-44 win over Newaygo

Big Rapids’ Trevor Woodard (3) anticipates making a move on Newaygo’s Wyatt Mortensen (11) in Monday’s game. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — It’s a busy final week of the regular season for the Big Rapids Cardinals, who defeated the Newaygo Lions 49-44 in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division boys basketball game on Monday.

Both team entered the game 7-4 in the CSAA and 10-6 overall.

Newaygo won a home game 75-68 earlier in the season.

The game was rescheduled from earlier this winter because of the weather.

Newaygo was up 15-10 after the first quarter and built a 21-12 lead in the second half. Big Rapids cut the deficit to 25-23 before Newaygo’s Ryan Brummel netted a 3-pointer for a 28-23 halftime lead.

Woodard’s triple halfway in the third quarter gave Big Rapids a 31-30 lead. Jake Martinson followed with a putback for a 3-point advantage. His triple with 1:32 left in the quarter made 37-30.

It was 39-30 in the fourth quarter. Mortenson had a putback to open the fourth quarter for an 11-point lead.

Newaygo got on a run and trailed 42-39 with 4:38 to play on Ryan Brummel’s basket. LJ Graves putback made it 44-39 halfway in the quarter.

Newaygo started pestering Big Rapids with fullcourt pressure and cut it to 44-42 on Kade Bhuyan’s basket at 3:20. They tied it moments later on Connor Swinehart’s basket. Newaygo missed several inside shots and Big Rapids took advantage on Woodard’s 3-pointer with 50 seconds left and made it 47-44 Cardinals. Sam Alley’s two free throws with 25.7 seconds to play made it 49-44.

“They’re a nice club and they kind of went cold the second half,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. “I think we were a lite more aggressive the second half and maybe that bothered them.”

Woodard had five 3-pointers and ended with 17 points for a season high.

“We were executing,” Woodard said. “We were just running our stuff. We have to run our stuff and play good D.”

Martinson had 16 points while LJ Graves and Sam Alley added seven apiece.

“Trevor knocked down some big shots and we had a good inside presence by LJ,” Ingles said. “It was a low-paced game.”

Swinehart had 20 points for Newaygo while Brummel had 15, all on 3-pointers.

Big Rapids also has CSAA games on Tuesday night at Chippewa Hills, and Friday at home with Grant, before entering district play on Monday at Ludington against Reed City.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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