The Three Rivers boys basketball team gave up far too much ground in the first half of play on Tuesday night and couldn’t recover, falling to South Haven 79-51.
The Wildcats (2-15) tumbled into a deep hole early against the Wolverine Conference West Division front-runners, trailing 43-17 at the break. The remainder of the game was a mere formality as Three Rivers continues to search for its first conference victory of the season.
Even though the Wildcats’ offense spun its wheels in the early going, Cam Cottingham and Trenton Karle were able to generate some offense before the evening was over. Cottingham was 5-for-6 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe for a game-high 13 points. Karle added 12 points.
Alex Cottingham chipped in with eight points while Zak Zagon and Elijah Hamilton had five points each.
Three Rivers by no means shot horribly from the field, but the Wildcats were hampered by 25 turnovers and struggled to keep pace on the boards.
Other scorers for the Wildcats included Johnel Stewart with four points while Kyle Walczak and Zach Turnber both sank a bucket for two points. Cam Cottingham led the back in rebounds with seven.