The Harper Creek Beavers boys basketball team defeated the Three Rivers Wildcats at home Monday night 64-46, ending a seven-game losing streak to move to 4-7 overall. It also ended a four-game winning streak for Three Rivers, putting them at 6-3 overall.
The Wildcats initially built a four-point lead in the first quarter, but the Beavers jumped ahead thanks to eight-straight points by Javian Hodges. They took a 15-10 lead into the first break. Harper Creek slightly extended the lead by halftime to seven points at 25-18. Three Rivers started the third quarter on a 9-1 run and briefly reclaimed the lead. After a timeout two minutes into the frame, Harper Creek got back ahead and had a five point lead, 42-37, after the third. From there, the Beavers assumed control.
In only his third game this season, Pennfield transfer Dom Gibson led the Beavers by scoring 15 points. Three teammates, Hodges, Ryan McCafferty, and Jeremiah Davis, scored 11 points. Jalen Heivilin topped the Wildcats with 15 points. Tirrell Hausmanis added 13.
Three Rivers has little time to think about their loss, as they return to action Tuesday at home against Vicksburg. They then head to Edwardsburg Friday. The Beavers are off until Friday, when they head to Jackson to meet Northwest.
Listen back to this game below:
Listen to high school boys basketball Monday night on the Slocum Sports Network as the Harper Creek Beavers host the Three Rivers Wildcats.
For the Beavers, they’re looking to turn their season around. After winning their first three games, they’ve dropped seven in a row for a 3-7 record. It’s been a brutal schedule with six of the seven losses coming to teams above .500 and to their credit, Harper Creek only fell by two-possessions to the likes of Marshall (8-3), Parma Western (10-2), and Pennfield (6-3).
The schedule doesn’t get any easier Monday with Three Rivers sitting at 6-2 on the year. The Wildcats have won four straight, including an impressive 64-49 victory two weeks ago over Sturgis (8-2). Both the Beavers and Wildcats posted winning records last season, with the Beavers taking their lone meeting on the road, 67-47.
Listen to the action Monday online via the Slocum Sports Network from Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek. Tip off is scheduled for around 7 p.m.