Boys Varsity Basketball · Throwback Post #5 – Sailors knock off No. 2 ranked Godwin Heights for MHSAA district title (March 10, 2018)

By Steve Kaminski |
on March 09, 2018 10:50 PM, updated March 09, 2018 11:41 PM

The Godwin Heights boys basketball team appeared poised for a lengthy postseason run, but South Christian had other plans.

The Sailors upset the No. 2 ranked Wolverines in Friday night’s Class B district championship game at Kelloggsville, ending Godwin’s season at 21-2. South Christian snapped Godwin’s 17-game winning streak and prevented the Wolverines from capturing their seventh-straight district title.

“We have had a lot of close games all year,” South Christian coach Jeff Meengs said. “We have seven losses, and every single one of them, we had the lead in the fourth quarter at one point, and some of them near the very end.

“Maybe some people have overlooked us for that reason, I don’t know. We have been getting better, and we hit some big shots in the second half and we held on.”

South Christian, 16-7 overall, will next play in Monday’s Class B regional semifinal game at West Catholic High School. The Sailors will take on Fremont at 8 p.m. It will follow the 6 p.m. game between Spring Lake and Catholic Central.

Conner Kok led the Sailors with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Kok also was clutch down the stretch from the free throw line, netting 6-of-7 in the game’s final minutes. Sophomore Tyler Buwalda added 12 points, and he was 7-of-10 from the free throw line.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 16-9 first-quarter lead, but the Sailors cut the deficit to 23-20 at halftime. South Christian continued to battle back, tying the game 34-34 after three before pulling away in the fourth.

The 56 points that Godwin scored was a season-low. Godwin’s lone loss prior to Friday was to Forest Hills Central on Dec. 29 in overtime, 72-68.

“Godwin is a very good team,” Meengs said. “There are some very good players on that team. We were excited to beat them. We just have a lot of guys who are getting a lot better, and that means we are able to play a lot of players.

“We knew we had to play really, really well. The boys did a great job doing what we had to do. I wouldn’t say we were confident, but we knew we had to play well.”

Markeese Hastings and Lamar Norman scored 15 points apiece to lead the Wolverines, while David Kellah added 13.

South Christian celebrates its district championship after defeating Godwin Heights 61-56. (Courtesy photo)