Boys Varsity Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset vs Ionia

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Redwings Vs Ionia Basketball

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The Redwings knew they would have their hands full tonight with the 6-1 Ionia Bulldogs.  It didn’t take long for them to get down 0-6 in the first quarter, but they settled in and held it to 5-10 after 1 period.  Joe Leonard sparked the momentum for the Redwings in the 2nd, with a three point shot that tied the game at 10.  Moments later, Logan Schroeder made a big steal and followed it up with two points in the next possession to take the lead 12-10.  The teams were tied at 15 at the half.

The Redwings came out fast in the 3rd.  A steal and assist from Schroeder to Cooper McCastle had them up 20-15 early on.  Ionia came back strong and lead 27-25 after 3.

In the fourth, Schroeder hit a three point shot to take the lead 30-29.  Another and they’re up 33-30!  After a missed Redwing free throw, Jack Ballard came up with a big rebound and drew the foul.  He hits both at the line, 2 of his 7 second half points.  The Bulldogs made their run after that and the game was tied up 38-38 with 52.7 seconds left.  Ionia ran out the clock, made a shot on the inside and drew the foul.  The foul shot put them up 41-38 with 2.7 seconds left.  The Redwings got off a good shot at the end, but it wasn’t to be.

The 41 point total was the lowest for the 7-1 Bulldogs this season with the exception of their lone loss to Pewamo-Westphalia, where they fell 38-43.  The defensive effort and the near win should give the Redwings some much deserved confidence going forward this season.  Next up the Redwings take on division leading Williamston (8-0) at home on Friday.

Redwing scorers:

Logan Schroeder 10
Brody Kusnier 9
Jack Ballard 7
Joe Leonard 5
Carson Pieters 3
Cooper McCastle 2
Bailey Nobach 2

Tuesday Basketball Scores:
Boys Varsity 38 Ionia 41
Girls Varsity 42 Ionia 59
Boys JV 39 Ionia 54
Girls JV 44 Ionia 46
Boys Freshman 18 Ionia 45
Girls Freshman 44 Lansing Catholic 14

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