Fennville succumbs to NorthPointe Christian
Behind the play of scoring of Cejhay Svay, Fennville managed to fight back from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter of its Class C district final with NorthPointe Christian on Friday, March 13.
The Blackhawks weren’t able to do the same in the second quarter.
The Mustangs opened the second period on a 19-2 run and never looked back in securing the 82-52 win at Fennville’s expense.
The Blackhawks, making their first appearance in a district title game in four years, ended the season at 18-4.
“Obviously the season didn’t end like we had hoped, but I am very proud of the boys for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year,” Fennville coach Joe Rodriguez said. “This group put in a lot of hours in the gym leading into this year and that type of dedication has laid down the foundation for future.
“I truly believe although we did not reach our goal of being a champion this season, we will be able to take a lot from this group moving forward.”
Fennville fell behind 13-3 to start the game, but thanks largely to eight points from Svay had narrowed the gap to 18-15 at the end of the opening frame.
But having to expend the energy to battle back seemed to take its toll, with the big second-quarter run by NorthPointe the result.
By halftime, the Blackhawks trailed 40-21.
“We made our run to end the first quarter, but I think it may have took too much out of us to scrap back because at the start of the second they looked like the quicker, more energized team,” Rodriguez said. “I thought we had some pretty good stops during their big second quarter too, but the ball just bounced their way and we couldn’t complete the stops.
“Their pressure turned us over and we started to give up some easy points. It took a couple of timeouts for us to get our feet back under us.”
By that time, though, the damage had been done.
Svay finished with 13 points, which was second on the team behind classmate Aaron Overhiser’s 16-point effort. Overhiser also had 12 rebounds.
Fellow senior Mitchell Leonard finished with 12 points, while sophomore Julian Martinez-Grigg added seven.
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