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GH Boys Basketball Falls to West Ottawa

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Josh VanDyke

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Being a half step late on defense can sometimes make the difference between a missed shot and a momentum-changing 3-point field goal.

The Grand Haven boys basketball team played sound defense against No. 9-ranked and O-K Red Conference leader West Ottawa on Tuesday, but a few late rotations on the perimeter proved to be costly.

The visiting Panthers shot 78-percent from the field, knocking down 10 three-pointers, as they left Grand Haven Fieldhouse with a 77-59 win and pushed their win streak to 12 games.

Images from Tuesday night’s game

“It was a very big win for us tonight,” said West Ottawa head coach Steve Windemuller. “We weren’t coming into this game and making it any bigger than it had to be. They are a good team, and they aren’t 12-3 by luck. They are solid, and they have good players, so we were very fortunate to come out of here with a win.

“We were prepared for a tough battle, and obviously, it’s nice to come out on the winning end. I thought we prepared ourselves well over the last couple days and the kids came out in the right frame of mind and we got the job done.”

Senior Nolan Eccker scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Panthers (15-1, 9-0 O-K Red), while Jake VanTubbergen added 15, and Anthony Charameda and Drew Pedersen each chipped in with 10.

“We shot pretty well tonight, and we’ve shot the ball pretty well all season,” Windemuller added. “We have a very balanced group of guys, and any night, it could be one or the other. Tonight, it looked like Nolan had it going on for a little bit, then Jake got it going, Ty (Bosma) and Andrew hit some big shots early. We’re a true team in every sense, and that’s the way we like to play.

“That’s the Panther way.”

After splitting the O-K Red Conference title with Grand Haven last season, this year’s edition of the West Ottawa varsity basketball team has proven to…to read the entire article by the Grand Haven Tribune click here.

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