In front of a packed house at West Ottawa High School Tuesday night, the Covenant Christian Chargers won 49-40 over the Kalamazoo Christian Comets in a boys basketball Class C quarterfinal game.
The Chargers started hot and held the biggest lead of the game at the end of the first quarter, 17-6. The Comets got back within four before halftime, but a Tyler Cammenga three-pointer just before the buzzer gave Covenant a 26-19 halftime advantage. Kalamazoo Christian finally took the lead in the third quarter, although they trailed 33-32 at the end of the third. The Comets got back ahead briefly in the fourth, but the final lead change came midway through the frame on a Carson Meulenberg triple.
Kalamazoo Christian trailed by two, 40-38, with 1:57 remaining. On an inbound, the Chargers found Meulenberg open for a quick jam. The Comet offense missed a three on their ensuing possession, followed by Trent Koole score, giving Covenant a six-point lead. The Comets made it back within four, but no closer. Koole finished 4-4 at the free throw line in the final minute to keep Covenant in front for good.
Koole led his team with 17 points, followed by Meulenberg’s 14. Jordan Katje and Drew Scheffers topped Kalamazoo Christian with 18 and 10, respectively. Scheffers, along with Alex Visser, Ridge De Jong, and Trey De Jong, played in their final high school basketball game.
“I’m so proud of the way that they battled back against a very, very good team tonight,” said Kalamazoo Christian coach Brennan Davis, who wrapped up his first season as the Comets head coach.
“Tonight, the better team won. However, I told my kids, I would never trade any of them for any other player that we played against. I love those kids. They’re a special group of young men,” said Davis.
Kalamazoo Christian finishes at 18-8 in their most successful season since their 2008 championship. For Covenant, they improve to 20-5 and head to the semifinals for the first time since their 1994 title. They’ll play Manton Thursday at 2:50 p.m. from the Breslin Center at Michigan State.
Listen back to the quarterfinal below: