High school basketball scores from Friday, February 27
St. Joe 39, Portage Central 34
St. Joe got a game high 16 points from Sam Szwabowski in a 39-34 win at Portage Central. The Bears led by as many as six and held on to improve to 10-8 on the season and 3-6 in the SMAC West.
Buchanan 52, Mendon 33
Buchanan pulled away for a 52-33 win over Mendon. The Bucks trailed by five after the first quarter, but outscored the Hornets by ten in the second, five in the third, and seven in the fourth. Tyler Flynn led Buchanan with a game high 13 points.
White Pigeon 69, New Buffalo 63
A sluggish third quarter made the difference as New Buffalo lost to White Pigeon 69-63. The Bison led by eight at the half but were outscored by 12 in the third. The Chiefs got a game high 27 points from Dylan Sandy. Jarek Hotwagner led new Buffalo with 18.
Lawrence 67, Fennville 65
Lawrence wins the SAC Championship with a hard fought 67-65 victory over Fennville. Robert Pelaez hit the game winning shot for the Tigers with one second left. Matt Cammire led the Tigers with 17 points, Derek Gribler added 14. Fennville got a game high 26 points from Mitchell Leonard. With the win, Lawrence improves to 18-1 on the season. Fennville falls to 17-2.
Hartford 71, Bangor 63
Hartford secured a 71-63 road win at Bangor. The second quarter proved to be crucial between the two SAC rivals. The Indians and Vikings played nearly even the whole night, except for the second where Hartford outscored Bangor 18-11.
Decatur 79, Martin 70
Carter Smith led three players in double figures as Decatur got by Martin 79-70. Smith poured in a game high 30 points for the Raiders while Noah Rufo and Joby Kawaski finished with 22 and 14 respectively.
Portage Northern 55, Benton Harbor 45
Lakeshore 56, Niles 42
Cassopolis 72, Bridgman 71
Gobles 59, Watervliet 53
Coloma 55, Berrien Springs 43
Brandywine 63, Bronson 37
South Haven 68, Dowagiac 56
Bloomingdale 41, Lawton 36
Saugatuck 61, Marcellus 60
Paw Paw 72, Edwardsburg 71
Otsego 83, Three Rivers 42
Vicksburg 64, Plainwell 62
Sturgis 50, Allegan 29
Kalamazoo Central 86, Mattawan 47
Loy Norrix 64, Battle Creek Central 54
Gull Lake 71, Lakeview 61
St. Joe 52, Portage Central 17
St. Joe cruised past Portage Central 52-17 in a SMAC West Division match-up. The Bears opened the game with a 22-0 to put the game away early. St. Joe got a game high 17 points from Shelby Madison, Haley Madison and Robyn Priebe each added nine.
Lakeshore 59, Niles 37
A strong fourth quarter pushed Lakeshore to a 59-37 win over Niles. Leading by eight after three quarters, the Lancers outscored the Vikings 20-6 in the fourth. Morgan Kaiser led Lakeshore with 18 points. With the win, the Lancers clinched the outright SMAC West Division Championship.
Michigan Lutheran 49, Black River 28
Michigan Lutheran broke open a close game in the third quarter and beat Black River 49-28. The Titans led by just one at the half, but outscored the rats 14-1 in the third. Hailey Maas poured in 17 points for Lutheran as they improve to 16-1 on the season.
Berrien Springs 43, Three Rivers 41
Micah McCree-Davis scored 21 points to help lead Berrien Springs to a 43-41 win over Three Rivers. Gabby Yankee added 15 for the Shamrocks.
Benton Harbor 63, Portage Northern 42
Lake Michigan Catholic 34, River Valley 21
Kalamazoo Central 65, Mattawan 50
Loy Norrix 75, Battle Creek Central 67
Lakeview 48, Gull Lake 37