The motto for Three Rivers boys basketball team against Sturgis on Friday night was very simple.
The Will for 5.
The will to get the Wildcats to 5-0 in the Wolverine Conference South Division and edge ever closer to a division title.
The motto … the delirious crowd … the glue-like defense … they all played a part in Three Rivers’ 47-35 victory at home Friday night which did keep the Wildcats unbeaten in the South.
‘’What a great win for our guys and for the community,’’ Three Rivers coach Brian Burg said. ‘’It was great to see the fans come out and support us.
‘’It’s a great feeling.’’
The Wildcats (10-4 overall) have Edwardsburg at home on Monday, then are at Dowagiac on Friday and finish up at Vicksburg, all of which are very tough games. If they continue playing like they did against the Trojans (12-4, 4-3 Wolverine South), there is a chance to make the conference championship game, which would be played at Three Rivers.
‘’It’s about time Three Rivers becomes conference champs,’’ Burg said.
The defense against the Trojans was smothering. Playing a very tight man-to-man, Three Rivers held Sturgis to one field goal in the second quarter, four in the third quarter and one in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter which put the game away.
It was a defense which limited the Trojans to only 17 field goal attempts in the second half. During a 50-second span in the third quarter, Sturgis threw pass after pass after pass, trying to crack the defense, but couldn’t get off a shot.
Senior Carson Charvat led the winners with 12 points and eight rebounds. Sam Hawkins added nine points and six rebounds, Eric Johnson came off the bench to score nine points and pull down seven rebounds. He also had a sweet assist when Carson Charvat inbounded the ball to a jumping Johnson near the basket. Instead of shooting, Johnson immediately passed the ball back to Charvat who made the easy basket.
Tirrell Hausmanis had two quick fouls in the first half, but came back to score six points and grab nine rebounds, all in the second half.
‘’The last two games, Eric was off, but it clicked tonight,’’ Burg said. ‘’He rebounds and makes that great pass to Carson and that’s stuff that shows we’re clicking.
‘’When we lost to Portage Northern early in the season to be 3-2, I said people had to be patient.’’
For the Trojans, Matthew Polzin had 10 points, Zachary Chapman added seven and Collin Sheehan notched five points. Sturgis made just nine turnovers.
Photos by Paul Morgan
Video by Brett Scheske and Sam Adams
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