The Sailor Center was rocking tonight in front of a packed crowd as both student sections made sure their presence was known. In a hard fought game between two OK Black opponents, Fruitport came out with a nail-biting 70-64 overtime win.
Mona Shores led 17-16 after the first quarter and 31-30 at halftime. After the third, Fruitport took the upper hand, as they led 44-43. It was all tied up at 56 at the end of the 4th quarter, which meant overtime would have to be the deciding factor.
The two teams traded blow for blow, punch for punch for the first 7 and a half minutes of overtime, but it was the final 30 seconds that made the Trojans victorious. With 20 seconds remaining, Fruitport’s Gavin Fisher made a basket and was fouled, which was able to give them a lead they wouldn’t give up. On the ensuing Sailor possession, with hopes of tying the game or taking the lead, Jaylen Hopson was called for an offensive charging foul that gave Fruitport the ball back with 13 seconds left. The Trojans were able to clinch the game on free throws.
Fruitport coach Steve Erny said about getting the win “It feels great, we’ve been on the short end of close games before…the game was entertaining, it just feels really good for our guys to be able to win a game like that.”
Gavin Fisher led Fruitport with 26 points and Jaylen Hopson led Mona Shores with 21 points. The win brings the Trojans to .500 on the season at 5-5 and the loss drops the Sailors to 2-10.
Both teams will play their next games on Tuesday, as Fruitport plays Holton at home and Mona Shores travels to Western Michigan Christian.