Boys varsity basketball picks up enormous OT win over Godwin Heights 72-68


Fueled by an outstanding 20 point showing from sophomore guard Jimmy Scholler, FHC was able to take down the Wolverines of Godwin Heights for the first time in head coach Ken George’s 24 year career, 72-68.

Jimmy not only delivered 20 total points but had eight huge ones in the fourth quarter. It took until just 2:46 in regulation for the Rangers to take their first lead of the ballgame.

“Jimmy is now comfortable and confident just playing,” coach George said. “I think everyone out there saw how good he is and obviously he’s very good. Now when you pair him with Ty and Ryan, those are three very tough guards. That makes us dangerous.”

His late shooting was huge for FHC, but Jimmy also kicked off the Ranger scoring with eight points in the opening five minutes as well.

“Ryan creates so well,” said Jimmy, who was selected to the Holiday All-Tournament team. “He gets into the paint and kicks out. They’re always hugging Ty and they don’t really know about me so I’m left open a lot.”

FHC was able to keep up with an incredible fast Godwin team all night, and was able to keep the game within just a few shots throughout the opening three quarters. There were a few times, however, where things could’ve gotten out of hand quick.

“I felt like we were on the verge of getting buried, gosh about five times,” coach George said. “I called every timeout I had to not allow it to happen, but our guys made big plays to allow that not to happen.”

No play was bigger than a three hit by senior guard Ty George with just 47 seconds left in regulation and FHC down 58-56. Falling behind a ball screen at the top of the arc, Ty launched a shot from way downtown and hit, giving FHC a one point lead.

Godwin was forced to foul later on, giving Ty two shots at the line. Making one of two, the Wolverines got the rebound and sprinted down the floor and threw up a shot. No good, but a foul on the play. Two shots to send it to OT.

After making both free throws, the Rangers had to settle back down and refocus for another four minutes.

From there, experience took over. Ty and fellow senior guard Ryan Dunn combined for 11 of the 12 points scored in overtime, lifting the Rangers to an incredible 72-68 win.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” Ty said. “All week since the Spring Lake win we have been thinking about it. We knew with Godwin comes a crowd, and we’ve just been trying to prove people wrong day in and day out. I think tonight we did that.”

FHC picks up two enormous wins heading into their conference schedule, first met by the Wildcats of Northview. The will open up OK white play on Tuesday, January 9th at home.

For now, however, FHC sits with one of the biggest wins against a team of this kind of caliber.

“It’s an exciting win for us because we’ve had our struggles,” coach George said. “We did not have great flow in our first couple games and we had a couple really tough losses. We stood in the Traverse City locker room after that loss and said, ‘Something is testing us to see how tough we are.’ I told them that I would stand in a locker room with them soon, and ask if you want to trade Traverse City with this. I just asked them today and we’re pretty sure we’d keep this one of the two. We earned it.”