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Cedar Springs wins district opener

Red Hawks beat Kenowa Hills to move on to semi-finals

Coach Secor instructs his team during a time out. The team tradition is to bleach their hair for the MHSAA Tounament.

Coach Secor instructs his team during a time out. The team tradition is to bleach their hair for the MHSAA Tounament.

The Cedar Springs Boys Varsity basketball team began their post-season tournament Monday with a victory over the Knights of Kenowa Hills. The game featured 4 ties and 4 lead changes and was close most of the way. Ryan Harper scored 7 first quarter points and Seth Coxon had 4 to keep the Red Hawks close as the Knights led 13-11 after one quarter. Coxon scored 5 points and Harper 4 in the second quarter and Kenowa led 22-20 at the half.

Coxon opened the 2nd half in with a lay-up followed by a Harper jumper and the duo had scored the first 24 Red Hawk points. Later in the quarter, Branden Atkins hit a 3-pointer and Josh Hall made a free throw to give Cedar a 31-30 lead after 3 quarters. Baskets by Hall, Harper, Atkins and a 3-pointer by Coxon gave the Red Hawks an 8-point lead with 6 minutes to go in the game. Then the Red Hawks went to the delay game and the Knights were forced to foul. Cedar made enough free throws down the stretch to hang on for a 54-43 victory to earn a spot in the district semi final against Muskegon High School.

Coach Secor talked after the game. “We didn’t play our best tonight, but during the tournament you just have to survive and advance. Our seniors really stepped up tonight scoring 53 of our 54 points. We are happy to be moving on and look forward to the challenge of playing Muskegon,” he said.

Coxon led the all scorers with 19 points, along with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Harper had a double double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds plus 3 steals. Branden Atkins scored 9 points. Jason Gust scored 7 points, on a night where the Kenowa defense focused on stopping him. Josh Hall had 3 points and sophomore Hank Porter had the only point not scored by a senior.

The winner of the Cedar Springs-Muskegon game will play in the District Finals at Kenowa Hills High School this Friday at 7 p.m.

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