Kalamazoo Valley and Lake Michigan split a varsity basketball doubleheader Saturday, with the 6th-ranked KVCC Cougar women winning over the 20th-ranked Red Hawks 79-74, followed an 87-72 men’s win for Lake Michigan.
Despite the close final, the Cougars led the women’s contest the entire way, although it remained tight throughout. It was 19-13 after the first quarter and 36-34 at halftime. The Red Hawks scored first to tie the game at the start of the third, but Kalamazoo Valley got back ahead 58-53 by the end of the frame. Their lead was as big as 13 points in the fourth quarter, although Lake Michigan did their best to stay in it.
KaLeah Ryan led the way with 25 points. Sierra James added 19 with another 16 by Chloe Salman. Topping Lake Michigan was Jade Mosier’s 22 off the bench. Hailey Maas had 20. The regular season series is a split, as the Red Hawks won at home back in January. However, the win does put KVCC alone at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference at 9-1, LMC is 8-2. The Cougars are now 17-3 overall with Lake Michigan at 16-5.
In the men’s contest, Kalamazoo Valley started ahead by as much as six points. About halfway through the first half, they traded the lead three times. The Red Hawks took it for good and had a 48-33 lead by halftime. Their largest lead remained at 15 points until very late in the second half. The Cougars got back within single-digits a few times, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Six players for Lake Michigan had double-digit points in the 87-72 victory, led by 18 from Brian Harris. Gavis Rasler was next with 15. For KVCC, Grant Mitchell scored 16, followed by 15 from Donny Lewis. Both teams are now 8-13 overall, with Lake Michigan tied for sixth in the Western Conference at 5-5 and KVCC eighth at 2-8. LMC won the January meeting as well, completing the season sweep.
The Kalamazoo Valley squads travel to Ancilla on Wednesday evening. That same evening, Lake Michigan hosts Mid-Michigan.
Listen back to Saturday’s games below:
Listen live Saturday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network to men’s and women’s college basketball with Kalamazoo Valley hosting Lake Michigan. The women’s contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip off with the men at 3 p.m.
The women’s game features the two squads at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference standings, both at 8-1 in league play. Lake Michigan, ranked 20th in NJCAA Division II, holds the tiebreaker over the 6th ranked Cougars thanks to an 89-64 Red Hawk victory over Kalamazoo Valley on January 4. Lake Michigan has been a recent nemesis for the Cougars, as the Red Hawks knocked them out last season in the District G final, 68-65 in overtime.
So far this year, KVCC is 16-3 overall. They’re riding an eight-game winning streak, last losing to Lake Michigan. The Red Hawk women are 16-4 with a seven-game winning streak, last losing on January 7 at Mid Michigan.
The records are close to even on the men’s side as well, with KVCC at 8-12 overall and 2-7 in league play, while Lake Michigan is 7-13 and 4-5. The Red Hawks won narrowly when they hosted the Cougars on January 4, 79-76. Lake Michigan has won six consecutive men’s meetings against Kalamazoo Valley with the last Cougar victory on February 22, 2014. Both teams got wins in their last contest on Wednesday, 78-64 over Glen Oaks for KVCC and 104-96 over Kellogg for Lake Michigan.
Listen to both of Saturday’s games live via the Slocum Sports Network. The women are scheduled for 1 p.m. with the men at 3 p.m.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College split Saturday’s home doubleheader against Ancilla College, with the Cougar women taking a 72-51 win, followed by an 88-49 Charger win in the men’s contest.
The women’s contest was led the entire way by Kalamazoo Valley. While they only led by five after the first quarter, they extended it to 16 by halftime and to 21 for the final. KaLeah Ryan led the way with 24 points with another 18 from teammate Chloe Salman, pushing KVCC to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in MCCAA play. Shelly Daniels topped Ancilla with 18, as they fall to 7-5 and 1-1.
Meanwhile, the men’s contest was very tight initially, despite the lopsided win for Ancilla. The Cougars held a six-point lead toward the start and kept the game close for much of the first half, with the score at 22-22 around the eight minute mark. From there, the Chargers started draining three-pointers en route to an 18-2 run. The Cougars made it back within 11 by halftime, 42-31, but the damage was already done. Ancilla continued to pile on, making 16 three-pointers total, on their way to an 88-49 win.
Dylan Phair led the scoring with 23 points, including five makes from outside the mark. Jair Rodgers had six three-pointers and 22 points total. Leading KVCC was EJ Finch with 13. The Cougars drop to 6-7 and 0-2 in MCCAA play, while Ancilla jumps to 12-1 and 2-0.
Both schools return to the floor Wednesday for doubleheaders at home. Kalamazoo Valley welcomes Kellogg with Ancilla hosting Mid-Michigan.
Listen back to the broadcasts from the Slocum Sports Network below: