By Lenny Padilla
GRAND RAPIDS – Luke Schrotenboer was losing his voice after the game Monday night. It didn’t seem to matter since the South Christian junior let his offense do the talking on the court.
Schrotenboer had a game-high 19 points as the Sailors cruised to a 74-27 win over Fremont in a Class B regional semifinal game hosted by West Catholic.
“I felt really good,” Schrotenboer said. “I hit my first shot and everything seemed to go well from there.”
Luke Schrotenboer had a game-high 19 points on Monday. (Lenny Padilla)
South Christian (17-7) advances to play Grand Rapids Catholic Central (21-2) on Wednesday at West Catholic for a 7 p.m. contest.
“When you shoot really, really well in the beginning of the game, it makes things a lot easier,” South Christian coach Jeff Meengs said. “We hit a lot of shots and it got away from them quickly.”
The Sailors drained seven 3-pointer in the first half and led 45-12 at halftime. There was a running clock midway through the third quarter.
Peyton Vis was instant offense coming off the bench for the Sailors. The junior scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half. He also had eight rebounds and three steals.
“I felt good,” Vis said. “I haven’t been hitting shots lately, but I was confident tonight.”
Meengs likes having a weapon like Vis come off the bench.
“Peyton is a really good player,” Meengs said. “Sometimes he’s really on and he was on tonight. He was like that against Holland Christian when he scored 29 points. But we have a lot of guys, so it’s always hard for him to be on like that all the time.”
Conner Kok, a junior forward, said he wasn’t surprised the Sailors were up by so much in the first half.
“With how we were hitting it in the first half, not really,” Kok said. “When we get hot like that, I feel like we can run with anybody.”
Now they have to figure out how to beat Catholic Central, who won earlier in the day with a 63-52 victory over Spring Lake. The Cougars’ 6-foot-10 forward Marcus Bingham Jr. had 29 points and 12 rebounds.
“We have to figure out how to guard Bingham, that’s for sure,” Meengs said. “Obviously, someone who is going to Michigan State is a special player. What makes it difficult is they also have (Jacob) Polakovich and other good players. We’ll have to figure something out.”
South Christian shocked the area basketball world when they upset No. 2-ranked Wyoming Godwin Heights to win the district title last week. So they are a confident bunch right now.
“Hopefully we can keep that going on Wednesday against Catholic Central, because they are a really good team,” Schrotenboer said. “As a team, we have a lot of confidence right now that we can be anybody.”
Tyler Bulwalda added eight points and three steals for the Sailors and Jack Spencer had six points and six rebounds. Bailey Baddis led the Packers (17-7) with nine points.