Kalamazoo Christian won the battle of the unbeaten teams in front of a capacity home crowd Friday, defeating SAC Valley and district rival Hackett Catholic 67-50. Jordan Katje had yet another double-double for the Comets, getting 25 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.
The Comets never trailed in the game, starting the contest with a 10-2 run. Hackett got back with five by the end of the first quarter, 13-8, but were back down by 10 at halftime, 29-19.
Kalamazoo Christian held Cooper Smith and Heath Baldwin, who averaged 32 points per game coming in, to only two points in the first half. Both picked up their scoring in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Katje got 12 of his 25 in the first half and added another eight in the third quarter, extending the advantage to 51-35.
Hackett made it within nine points in the final three minutes, but no closer. Colin Sikkenga delivered the final dagger for the Comets on a corner three-pointer with 1:45 remaining. Sikkenga scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Baldwin led Hackett with 12 points.
“Special win against a great team,” said K-Christian head coach Brennan Davis. “Proud of the way our kids battled and executed down the stretch. We have an unselfish group of young men who work hard and trust one another.”
Kalamazoo Christian moves to 7-0 with the win and 4-0 in the SAC Valley. It was the first Comet win on their home floor over Hackett since February 22, 2013. They travel to Delton Kellogg Tuesday, then head to Lawton Friday.
Hackett Catholic drops to 8-1 with the loss and 4-1 in the SAC Valley. It’s their first defeat since falling to the Comets in last season’s district tournament and only Hackett’s third total loss since the start of 2016. The Irish host Constantine Tuesday and travel to Coloma next Saturday.
Photos by Brett Beier
Video by Mat Stutzman
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN SCORING: Jordan Katje 25, Colin Sikkenga 14, Sean Cummings 8, John Cramer 7, Noah De Jong 6, Alec Corwin 3, Alex Scheffers 2, Aaron Verkaik 2
HACKETT CATHOLIC SCORING: Heath Baldwin 12, Casey Gallagher 10, Cooper Smith 9, Brennan Creek 7, Jacob Niesen 6, Andrew Widger 4, Eric Wenzel 2