JACKSON – Behind a strong defensive effort, stellar free throw shooting and a big night from TraVon Johnson, the Class B 10th-ranked Harper Creek boys’ basketball team picked up a marquee victory over host Lumen Christi on Tuesday.
The Beavers remained unbeaten on the season, picking up a 76-66 victory over the Class C honorable mention Titans in Interstate Eight Conference action.
Johnson led Harper Creek (6-0, 3-0 I-8) with a game-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and two assists.
“I thought we did well, held everybody in check and did what we needed to do defensively,” said Harper Creek head coach Matt Bowling. “That was a big game, our first good road win. Playing against a quality opponent who was in the regional last year also, just proud of our kids for how they played, especially defensively.”
The Beavers, who shot 25-of-30 at the free throw line, also received big contributions from James Cadena with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Brandon Hutson had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Khylen Watkins added eight points.
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Pennfield 77, (AT) Coldwater 56: Steffen Kinne had 18 points and five rebounds to help Pennfield improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league with this road win at Coldwater. Brandun Rugg added 12 points and seven assists with Ronald Jamierson adding 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Ryan Lowe chipped in with nine points, five blocks and four rebounds. Coldwater falls to 1-5 overall and was led by Collin Warner with 16 points with Nate Waterbury adding 13.
Benton Harbor 70, Battle Creek Central 62: A tight game throughout, Benton Harbor (6-1) pulled away late to beat the Bearcats in this non-division SMAC contest. Wendell White led BCC with 20 points with Demetrius Craig adding 16 and Juan Warren chipping in 10 for the Bearcats, who fall to 2-6.
Climax-Scotts 66, (AT) Camden-Frontier 47: Dallas Froberg had a career-high 37 points, five rebounds and four steals for Climax-Scotts, which improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. Ethan Vosburg added 12 points and Logan Hunter chipped in with 10 points, six steals and three assists.
(At) Marshall Academy 56, Bedford Bible 27: Marshall Academy was led by Isaac Mead with 11 points, while Andrei Stumpos had 10 points and Ben Rubley had six points and five rebounds.
Marshall 62, (at) Parma Western 49: Jacob Brubaker helped Marshall remain unbeaten with 21 points in the win. Also for the Redhawks (6-0, 3-0 I-8), Tyler Torrey had 14 points and Montez Brewer had 12 points.
(At) Quincy 70, Napoleon 48: Quincy stayed unbeaten, led by Jake Rider with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also for the Orioles (5-0), Quinn Eifrid had 14 points and two assists; Chase Cook had 13 points, three rebounds and two assists; Nathan Karney had seven points and two assists; and Jake Jodway had four steals.
Tekonsha 66, (at) Litchfield 38: Riley Lloyd had 16 points, five assists and five steals to help Tekonsha improve to 3-4 overall. Cheyene Wischolek added 15 points and six steals with Everett Lewis-Lanphar adding 10.
Schoolcraft 49, (at) Delton Kellogg 38: In his return from injury, Delton Kellogg’s Cogan McCoy finished with 17 points – including five 3-pointers – in the loss . Also for the Panthers (1-4, 0-3 KVA), Landon Grizzle finished with 10 points.