Maple Valley remained undefeated and atop the Kalamazoo Valley Association boys basketball standings with a thrilling 65-58 overtime win over Kalamazoo Christian on Friday night.
Junior guard Micah Bromley led all scorers with 24 points and Austin Gonser added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions (6-0 overall, 4-0 KVA), who trailed for most of the first two quarters but took control from beyond the 3-point arc in the third. Valley had five 3s from four different players in the quarter to turn a 23-20 halftime deficit into a 43-38 lead going into the fourth.
Lions coach Chris Ewing said that his team found its shooting touch at just the right time.
“We hadn’t been able to shoot our 3s yet (this year) because everybody’s pressured us so much,” Ewing said. “Tonight, we hit our 3-pointers and we hit our shots from the free-throw line.”
Brennan Heidema led the Comets (4-3, 3-2) with 19 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation that tied the score 56-56 and sent the game to overtime.
Dylan Gooch gave K-Christian an early lead 39 seconds into the extra period, but the Lions shut out the Comets the rest of the way, largely due to dominating the boards. Valley was at a big height disadvantage, but was able to overcome it, especially in the second half and OT.
“We knew that if we could box out, we could win this game,” Ewing said. “Last time we played them we got out-rebounded 53-15, and this was a complete turnaround.”
Bromley scored six of his team’s nine points in the extra session, including both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 2:37 that gave the Lions the lead, and the last of his four 3-pointers.