Huge first half lifts Big Rapids over Chippewa Hills 47-32

Chippewa Hills’ Scott Miller (1) dribbles down the court aganst Big Rapids’ Jayden Mason (5) on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — The Big Rapids Cardinals continue to play the right way at the right time.

The Cardinal offense clicked over Chippewa Hills on Tuesday for a 47-32 Central State Activities Association Gold boys basketball victory

Big Rapids (12-6, 9-4) has won four in a row and nine of its last 10 games.

“We shot the ball well in the first half,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. “Their size bothered us. They missed six free throws in the second half and got every offensive end which is a source for concern.”

Trevor Woodard continued his solid 3-point shooting and the Cardinals led 19-6 after the first quarter.

Jayden Mason hit a pair of triples and Jake Martinson and DJ Lee hit one 3-pointer apiece to spark the Cards to a 34-14 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Warriors got some shots from Scott Miller to cut the gap to 34-20. Big Rapids was up 36-21 at halftime.

Big Rapids was having problems hitting its shots early in the third and went to a slowdown offense. It was 6-0 in fouls during the third quarter against Big Rapids. But Chippewa Hills (5-12, 2-10) couldn’t take advantage and trailed 40-23 going into the fourth. Woodard’s triple to open the quarter made it 43-23. Jack Frebes followed with a putback for the Warriors. Martinson’s reverse-side layup made it 47-24 with six minutes left in the game. Frebes scored at 3:10 to make it 47-30. The Warriors continued to struggle with their free throws.

“I thought it was a well-played game on both sides,” Chippewa Hills coach Lenny Starck said. “Give Big Rapids credit. They knocked down shots tonight.”

In the second half, “we had opportunities and missed some free throws,” Starck said. “Give them credit, they did what they needed to do to win.”

Woodard had 14 points while Martin had 13 and Mason eight. Frebes had 13 points.

“We’ll take it,” Ingles said. “In the second half, we just wanted them to come out of the zone.”

Chippewa Hills is home tonight against Grant.

Big Rapids has its home and regular season finale on Friday against Grant.

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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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