Cassopolis saw their boys basketball campaign end Tuesday evening at Gull Lake, falling 70-50 to Pewamo-Westphalia in a Division 3 quarterfinal contest.
The second quarter proved decisive for the Pirates after an even 10-10 first quarter. PW started the second on a 13-0 run and outscored the Rangers 22-6 overall for a 32-16 halftime advantage. Cassopolis was hurt as top-scorer Tyrese Hunt-Thompson had to sit after three quick fouls on charging calls.
Hunt-Thompson helped the Rangers stay alive in the third quarter, getting nine of his team-high 16 points for a 46-34 margin after three. Cassopolis made it back within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer against the unbeaten Pirates.
“They outplayed us, they outworked us,” said Cassopolis coach Ricky Evans.
The Rangers finish at 23-2, making their deepest postseason run since 1989. Hunt-Thompson graduates along with Davonte Goins, Tyshawn Morris, Devin Jennings, and Neo Flynn.
“I was proud of every one of them and we’re going to miss them,” added Evans. “But, we’ve got a good young group coming up. We’re going to be back.”
Pewamo-Westphalia had a game-high 19 points from Hunter Hengesbach. The Pirates move to 26-0 and will meet Erie Mason in Thursday’s semifinal at 2 p.m. ET from the Breslin Center.
Pewamo-Westphalia Scoring: Hunter Hengesbach 19, Andre Smith 14, Aaron Bearss 11, Nate Wirth 10, Collin Trierweiler 9, Kyle Stump 3, Keegan Smith 2, Brennen Nurenberg 2
Cassopolis Scoring: Tyrese Hunt-Thompson 16, Brayden Saxton 11, Cerious Wilson 8, Ahsan Hart 6, Darrion Gatson 4, Davonte Goins 2, Devin Jennings 1
Video by Jeff Ryder