For the first time since January 16, 2015, the Paw Paw boys basketball team defeated South Haven, winning on their home court Friday over the Rams 53-48. In a very tight contest, free throw shooting played a key role. Paw Paw finished 20-29 at the line to a 10-21 mark for South Haven.
The Rams had the lead initially and didn’t fall behind until about halfway through the first quarter. Paw Paw never lost the lead from there, although the lead never got to double-digits. They took a 30-21 lead into halftime and while South Haven got back within one on multiple occasions, the Rams never could get ahead. Luke Toliver led the way with 27 points for Paw Paw, including a 10-13 mark at the free throw line. Nathan Smetana added 15. South Haven was topped by DaShaan Palmer’s 13 points and numerous blocked shots.
The Paw Paw boys now sit at 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Wolverine Conference North Division. South Haven remains on top in the North at 5-1 and 11-5 overall.
Meanwhile, Paw Paw’s girls continued their dominance over South Haven, winning 77-50 in a game that was never in doubt. Brooklyn Walker led all plays with 15 from Paw Paw. Mackenzie Newell added 12. South Haven got 10 from Frances Lyons. Paw Paw improves to 8-7 overall and 3-3 in the North Division, while South Haven is 4-13 and 0-7 in league play.
Both Paw Paw teams play Three Rivers Tuesday with the girls staying home and the boys traveling. The South Haven boys play at Vicksburg Tuesday with the girls hosting Vicksburg.
Listen back to Friday’s games below: