Mattawan won at home Monday in a makeup game against Portage Northern 55-30, starting a busy week with three varsity games for both squads. The victory gives the Wildcats the regular season sweep over the Huskies and matches the largest margin of victory Mattawan has tallied this season.
Both offenses started slow with the first bucket coming midway through the opening quarter. The Wildcats opened with a 6-0 run, followed by a 4-0 Portage Northern response. Mattawan answered back for a 10-4 lead by the end of the first and a 24-14 score at halftime.
The Wildcats continued to pull away with a 31-16 second half. Fouls and free throws picked up in the second half and Mattawan capitalized with a strong 17-20 mark at the line, whereas the Huskies were a brutal 1-13.
Jaden Mabin topped Mattawan with 11 points, followed by 10 from Chris Becker. Cameron French led Portage Northern with 8.
Mattawan improves to 11-3 with the victory. The Wildcats host Vicksburg Tuesday, then host Battle Creek Central Friday.
Portage Northern falls to 4-12 with the defeat. The Huskies host a makeup game Wednesday against Stevensville Lakeshore, followed by Portage Central at home Friday.
MATTAWAN SCORING: Jaden Mabin 11, Chris Becker 10, BJ Saunders 9, Nolan Foster 8, Luke Pelak 7, Kelby Mabin 4, Matthew Pelak 2, Tanner Knapp 2, Collin Holleman 2.
PORTAGE NORTHERN SCORING: Cameron French 8, Devin Marshall 7, Torian Jackson 6, Jeff Wilson 4, Michael Lincoln 3, Tyler Amos 2.