The Kalamazoo Valley basketball teams came up victorious at home Wednesday against Glen Oaks, avenging their prior tight losses down in Centreville. The Cougars took the men’s game 73-60 and claimed the women’s contest 69-51 for the regular season split.
Entering the night, KVCC and GO were locked in a three-way tie for seventh with Jackson in the MCCAA Western Conference men’s basketball standings. With only the top seven getting into the postseason, each victory is critical over the final week of the season. The first half was tied with seven ties and stayed within two possessions for nearly its entirety. Back-to-back Cougar buckets in the final seconds would give them the biggest lead to date entering halftime at 36-28.
Kalamazoo Valley started the second half with a 13-4 run to grow their lead to its apex of 17 points. Glen Oaks got back within six points in the final six minutes of play, but couldn’t get any closer. KVCC had a balanced attack with five players scoring double-digits, led by JoVaun Jones with 14. Whitney Harris topped all players with 30 for the Vikings.
The win puts the Cougars at 15-12 overall and 6-9 in Western Conference play, still tied for seventh following Jackson’s win. Up next, KVCC has their home finale Saturday against last place Lake Michigan College. Next week, they close the regular season at Muskegon Monday and Grand Rapids Wednesday.
Glen Oaks is ninth in the standings at 5-10 and 13-13 overall. The Vikings host Mid Michigan Saturday, play at Jackson Monday, then finish at home Wednesday against Muskegon. You can listen to the Muskegon doubleheader next week live via JoeInsider.com.
The Cougar women started the game with a 7-0 run and never trailed. Glen Oaks didn’t let them pull away in the first half, trailing by seven at the end of the first quarter and 33-23 at halftime. The lead grew to 52-32 at the end of the third.
Glen Oaks started the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run to get back within 10. However, Kalamazoo Valley answered with an 8-0 run and iced the game from there.
Kalamazoo Central alum Makenna Wilson topped the Cougars with 20 points, including six of their 10 three-pointers. Vicksburg’s Layna Steele had 18 points, going 10-12 at the free throw line. The Vikings got 12 points from Shakaya Rogers and Shawn’ta Standifer, going a combined 16-18 at the foul line.
The win snaps a 12-game losing streak for KVCC, putting them at 8-18 overall and 2-13 overall. Kalamazoo Valley’s home finale is Saturday with Lake Michigan College.
Glen Oaks drops to 12-14 overall and 4-11 in conference play. The Vikings are eighth at 4-11, but not out of postseason contention yet with seventh place Lansing at 5-10. GO hosts Mid Michigan Saturday.
Listen back to Wednesday’s women’s broadcast here. The official box score was not immediately available.