Kalamazoo Valley earned a home win Thursday over Glen Oaks 91-67 in the first MCCAA Western Conference men’s basketball contest of the season for both teams. The Cougars never trailed, starting the game with a 10-2 run. The Vikings got the score back to 10-8, but would not be within one possession the rest of the way.
By halftime, Kalamazoo Valley held a 51-27 lead. Despite averaging 1.4 points per game entering the night, Julian Martinez-Griggs led the way for the Cougars with 11. Viking top scorer David Miller was held to six. Miller would come alive in the second half, helping get Glen Oaks back within 14, 63-49, with 12:38 remaining.
They’d hover around that margin until about seven minutes remained, when quick back-to-back buckets from Darrian Burkett gave the momentum back to the Cougars for good. Strong free throw shooting helped seal it as well, especially from Tanner Eubank. The Paw Paw grad went 12-14 from the line and finished with a career-high 26 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Miller topped Glen Oaks with 21.
Kalamazoo Valley improves to 4-9 overall and starts MCCAA Western Conference play at 1-0. Next for them is a trip to Lake Michigan College at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Vikings fall to 3-9 and 0-1 in the West. Glen Oaks heads home against Mid Michigan Saturday at 3 p.m. The Cougars and Vikings will meet again at Glen Oaks on Saturday, February 3.
KALAMAZOO VALLEY SCORING: Tanner Eubank 26, Darrian Burkett 15, Julian Martinez-Griggs 15, Tre Humes 12, Caleb Eustice 9, Ken Redfield, Jr. 7, Grant Kubiak 4, Eric Stevens 2, DJ Clare 1.
GLEN OAKS SCORING: David Miller 21, Jaquantay Rouser 14, Kal-El Spencer 10, Mike Barnfield 10, Takary Dreams 6, Elijah Malik 3, Genesis Barnes 3.