Boys varsity basketball celebrate Ken George’s accomplishment with a 79-41 win

Boys varsity basketball celebrate Ken Georges accomplishment with a 79-41 win

Every Ranger sank at least one bucket in an outstanding effort against the Yellow Jackets of Greenville in a 79-41 victory. In only his second start, senior Kyle Peirce played like he belonged, totaling 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Ranger bench also led a heavy charge with junior Andrew Tebeau at the helm.

After coming off of a couple of big performances, Greenville was hot in conference play. They not only competed with a tough Ottawa Hills team, but defeated them. They also won against Cedar Springs and only suffered a six point loss to FHN.

Despite the recent success, the Yellow Jackets were nullified in the Jungle on Tuesday night.

Points within the first four seconds from Ty George and another steal within the first twenty, the Rangers were off to a good start.

“I thought my four seniors were really huge tonight,” said George, who recently won the race for West Michigan head coach of the year. “I thought [Jack Uecker] was huge tonight, and [Kyle Peirce] with some big baskets, especially early on. Sal’s third quarter was huge and [Justin James] obviously played great down the stretch.”

The early Ranger charge on the offensive side was led by Kyle and Andrew. Both sparked the attack with early three’s. Rebounding was huge for the pair, as they combined for 16 boards total. All of the Rangers combined for a whopping 36 total rebounds to Greenville’s 21 total.

Senior captain Sal Sidebotham had big-time praise for his teammate’s Kyle and Andrew. Kyle, coming into his second start in his career, and Tebeau’s big performance off the bench.

“My young buck Kyle Peirce came out in his second start ever, playing like an absolute boss,” said Sal, who finished with 13 points on the night. “My young buck Tebeau wasn’t getting too many minutes, but we started putting him in, and he started dropping some buckets.”

Late in the second half, junior Matis Butlevics and senior Justin James came in off the bench. Both hit open threes and helped fuel an already raging fire. It was an overall excellent night for the Rangers, as they celebrated their head coach and his recent achievement. FHC also slid into second place in the conference with this win.

“We came in and understood that they were better than the first time we played them,” George said. “I think it was about us tonight; we played really well and really hard. That last quarter was really special. Everyone scoring is a highlight for a coach.”