Martin senior Andrew Keyzer and his Clipper teammates upended Bloomingdale to boost their divisional record to 9-0. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Clippers wrap up sole possession of divisional title

Jason Wesseldyk

What was going on twenty years ago?
Well, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, Will Smith was fighting aliens in the blockbuster “Independence Day” and the song “Macarena” was causing a regrettable dance craze to sweep across the country.
It was also twenty years ago that Martin won its last conference championship in boys’ basketball.
But that streak is now over for the Clippers.
Led by a 28-point, 16-rebound effort from Tanner Curry, Martin claimed the 66-43 win over Bloomingdale on Friday, Feb. 25, claiming the outright SAC Central Division title in the process.
Garrett Dill added 11 points and seven rebounds in the win, while Ben Moored and Carter Hilton went for six points each. Andrew Keyzer chipped in with five points.
Although the game ended up being fairly one-sided, a Martin win was anything but certain in the early going.
Bloomingdale jumped out to a quick lead and the score was knotted at 10-10 after the opening frame.
Such lackluster starts have been an issue for the Clippers (13-5 overall and 9-0 in the division) throughout the season.
“We got off to a slow start once again tonight and found ourselves trailing early,” Martin coach David Curry said.
That changed in the second quarter, however, as Martin used a 23-6 edge to go up 33-16 at halftime.

For full story, pick up a copy of the March 3 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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