Boys freshman basketball gets second win of the season against FHE 50-39


Freshman Jacob Bonnet commanded the floor last night, as the freshman basketball team earned its second win of the season against Forest Hills Eastern 50-39.

“I feel like we played the best game thus far as a team,” said Jacob, who led the team in scoring with 20 points. “We shared the ball very well, and everybody on the team had a part in winning this game.”

After a loss to Grandville last week, the team decided it was time for a change. The first quarter was a complete success for the Rangers, as they came out hot and led 10-2 after the first few minutes. The defensive rotation and communication from FHC shocked the Hawks, as very few points were allowed. After starting the season with a 1-2 record, the defensive pressure in this game was huge for the Rangers. Along with that, the boys made shot after shot and secured many offensive rebounds to earn many second-chance points.

The early lead for the Rangers was also new, as they have trailed early in many games so far this season. In the second half, Eastern found a way offensively and managed to put 6 more points on the board. Although FHC allowed some buckets, the Hawks defense allowed 10 more points from the Rangers, making the score 20-8 as both teams went into the locker rooms.

“The players were aware of what they needed to do during halftime and led a lot of the halftime conversation,” head coach Adam Monroe said. “It showed a lot of leadership and maturity from our guys.”

The second half was more of the same, as the Rangers came out on top early. The momentum stayed in favor of FHC, as they managed another 15 points and led 35-23 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, FHC piled up another 15 points while allowing 16 from their opponent. Freshman Kevin McPoland played a huge part in this win, as he was 3-3 in shooting with 6 points. Along with him was freshman Rhosias Arius, who earned many second-chance baskets with copious offensive rebounds.

“[Kevin] found himself in great positions and hit every shot he took,” Monroe said.

The boys freshman basketball team managed to win a vital game on the road last night and evened out its record to 2-2 in the regular season. The next few weeks are crucial, as the team prepares for the upcoming conference games shortly after the holiday break. The Rangers’ next game is against the Chargers of Covenant Christian on Thursday, Dec. 27.

“Our defense really stepped up a notch this game,” Kevin said. “They were a big part to our win, and I can’t wait to see how it plays a role in our next games.”