Article from mlive.com:
Kalamazoo Christian pitched a shutout in the first quarter and went on to celebrate a happy homecoming Saturday evening at Kalamazoo Central's gym. Coach Jerry Mastenbrook's Comets outscored Parchment 9-0 in the first quarter, led 30-13 at halftime and racked up a 69-48 Kalamazoo Valley Association victory that clinched at least a share of the league title.
Ryan Zwier pumped in a game-high 20 points for Christian, now 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the KVA. ``Eleven of our 12 kids scored,'' Mastenbrook said. ``We shared the ball really well and had great passing,'' Mastenbrook said. ``Both point guards, (Kyle) Mastenbrook and (Chet) VanderBerg, had five assists. And Bryan DeKoekkoek had eight rebounds.'' Parchment (10-7, 5-5) was led by Matt Chappell, who had 16 points and netted three 3-pointers. Denver Baker added 10 points for the Panthers, who trimmed a 21-point deficit to 12 in the second half.
Player Pts #11 #13 1 #15 16*** #21 2 #23 #25 OUT #31 5 #33 2 #35 4 #41 10** #43 3 #45 5 * = 3-pointer
THE FAN GALLERY
Coach T comments: They say a picture speaks one thousand words (see below). Well??? What can you say? When Zwier wasn't flushing on P-town he was dropping trey bombs. He's the real deal. I remember when Alex and Ryan played AAU ball together (about 10 zillion years ago). I wish him the best and hope he is able to play golf and bball at the collegiate level. Nice homecoming KC! You really know how to put on a classy show. I think P-town definitely has the best band in the KVA, but I do have to give KC some major props for hosting their homecoming at K. Central and then packing the place to the rafters. Very classy. Earlier today I was up in Caledonia watching U of Davenport play U of M Dearborn and there were maybe 100 fans in the stands. Two hours later I'm in the Central gym with about 2,000 fans. Go figure. Now on to the game.
Unfortunately the game wasn't as close as the score. Everyone (myself included) was hoping for a Boobie Miles sighting in the form of, say, a WOLF on the back of one of the players warming up. Instead it was Bon providing the teaser by wearing Alex's pregame warmup because the doc showed Alex the xray on Thursday and, well, it wasn't going to happen. Darn. But I loved how my Boobie Milesless Panthers never gave up. As a matter of fact they played KC basically even throughout the second half, but the reality is you can't lay an egg in the first Q and espect to win. And you definitely can't give up 69 to any team and expect to get a W, especially a team the caliber of the Comets. The 4th quarter pressure led to quite a few KC TOs. Too bad our defensive intensity wasn't 4th quarter level right from the get go. We started out zone and they patiently ripped it apart. Inside out, inside out. They definitely know how to beat a zone especially when they have about 6 inches on us at every position. Our man was tough though. They struggled against our man and against the up tempo pace we threw at them in the second half. Now that I think about it, it seems like man is what was getting us W's early on in the season. Maybe man is the way to go, eh? The only problem I see with man is that not all our players can play man so Larry would have to tighten his rotation if he wanted to play man all the time. These must be the nightmare thoughts that keep Coach B awake at night.
In closing I want to once again compliment KC for being an excellent host, compliment our P-town fans for a GREAT turnout even though the W's have been few and far between lately, compliment our cheerleaders for being second to none, and finally I would like to compliment the P-town playaz who never gave up and never backed down even though the game was certainly anticlimatic in comparison to the first meeting between these two KVA rivals. Three game countdown until the SECOND SEASON!!
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