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Middle school basketball roundup

Eighth Grade

Creston A 57, Red Oak A 42

Creston A defeated Red Oak A 57-42 behind three double-digit performances from the Panthers Friday, Nov. 22.

The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead with a strong offensive attack and solid defense. Creston led 35-18 lead at the end of the first half.

“We got off to a good start and did a nice job in transition early in the game,” Creston head coach Larry McNutt said. “Our defense is improving as we strive to put four good defensive quarters together. We did a great job of sharing the ball and getting good shots.”

The first half momentum rolled over to the second as the Panthers’ A team spread the ball and added to their lead. At the end of the third quarter, Creston had 37 points, but it didn’t stop there. Sixteen points in the fourth quarter pushed the Panthers to a dominating win.

Tony Davidson scored a team-high 18 points for Creston. McCoy Haines and Dylan Calvin followed suit with 10 points each.

Creston B 36, Red Oak B 40

In an overtime nail-biter, Creston B fell just short in a 40-36 loss to Red Oak B.

Early on, it was like a boxing match as Creston and Red Oak traded blows. After the first quarter, the Panthers led by two. After the second quarter, the Tigers led by one. Going into the second half at 14-13, it seemed to be difficult to pull away.

“It was a close game all the way and got exciting at the end,” Creston head coach Larry McNutt said.

That was the case. Each team made just enough of a push to tie the game at 36 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Creston couldn’t finish. The Tigers did just enough to win and finished by scoring four unanswered in the final quarter.

Logan Weland led the team in scoring with nine points. Lucas Rushing followed closely with eight. Brady Burton rounded out the top-three scorers with five points.

This group is showing improvement which is great to see,” McNutt said.

Seventh Grade

Creston A 37, Atlantic 23

An improvement on the defensive side of the ball and off the glass gave Creston A the fuel it needed in a 31-23 win against Atlantic.

The game was close, but Creston did what they had to do to pull out a win in a game that helps to develop a team.

Creston head coach Mike McCabe said the Panthers battled back in the second half with better defense and rebounding.

Patrick Varner and Josh Schaefer both tallied double-digit points and led the team in scoring. Varner finished with 14 and Schaefer scored 10.

Creston B 46, Atlantic 14

Offense was easy to come by for Creston in a 46-14 blowout against Atlantic.

Collyn Trembley led the Panthers in scoring with 15 points. He wasn’t the only Panther to put up strong numbers.

Jayden Myers and Tyler Riley both scored eight points during the win.

Creston head coach Mike McCabe said it was a good team effort where they really shared the ball.

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