Whitehall falls to Grand Rapids Catholic Central 95-63 ends season with 18-6 record


LARGE RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Catholic Central held off Whitehall, 95-63, in an MHSAA Division 3 men’s basketball regional semifinal in Grand Rapids on Wednesday night to end the Vikings’ seven-game winning streak.

The Vikings got off to a bad start, falling to a 17-point, 27-10 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Whitehall could never get out of the hole.

Catholic Central outscored the Vikings, 30-21 in a crazy second quarter that left Whitehall trailing 57-31 at halftime.

Whitehall were outscored 19-14 in the third quarter and headed into the fourth period with a 76-45 deficit. Catholic had a 19-18 advantage in the final eight minutes.

The Vikings shot 20 of 51 from the field for 39%, to Catholic Central’s 39 of 45 with 45% accuracy. Grand Rapids had 10 shots from beyond the 3-point arc on seven for the Vikings.

Whitehall had a better night from the free-throw line, sinking 16 of 21 attempts for 76% while Catholic drained 7 of 16 for 43%.

The Vikings were outplayed, 41-34, including 21-10 in offensive rebounds. Another key stat revealed that the Vikings committed 20 turnovers to just seven for Grand Rapids, who scored 20 points on those turnovers while the Vikings scored six points on turnovers.

Camden Thompson scored 22 points and pulled 15 rebounds to lead Whitehall. He also blocked two shots. Red Watson added 11 points while Kyle Stratton scored eight and had two interceptions.

The Vikings finished the season with an 18-6 record.

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