Almost everyone entering Fruitport’s gym this evening was expecting this game to be an easy win for Orchard View, as they came in with a 3-1 record and has looked legitimate all season. The Trojans on the other hand, have struggled as a program for a while and many outsiders expected more of the same this season.
Perhaps this is the year Fruitport turns it around, as they walked out looking very legitimate after absolutely dominating Orchard View in all phases of the game, ending the game with a final score of 77-33.
Fruitport coach Steve Erny said “It was a huge win, Fruitport hasn’t won by this much in a long time…we put together our best four quarters of Fruitport basketball since I’ve been here and it was a good feeling to leave with that win.”
Orchard View’s only lead was 3-2 early in the first quarter, but after that, it was all Trojans, as their biggest showing of the game came in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 27-4 to take a 37 point lead going into the final stanza.
When asked about the loss, Orchard View coach Nick Bronsema said “They came out way more prepared, they out-hustled us, they were tougher and hats off to them, they were the aggressor.”
Orchard View’s Keontae Barnes, who averaged 35 points per game entering tonight’s contest, was held to just 12 by the Trojan defense, his lowest point total of the season. However, he still led the Cardinals in scoring. Gavin Fisher led Fruitport with 36 points, as he was near perfect all night.
The win brings Fruitport to 2-2 and drops Orchard View to 3-2.