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Three Undefeateds Fall at GottaGetIt Classic

Undefeated teams Detroit Cass Tech, Grand Rapids Northview and Grand Rapids Christian all took their first losses of the season at East Kentwood’s GottaGetIt Classic, at the hands of Zeeland West, Grand Blanc and Warren Lincoln, respectively.

Warren Lincoln’s Markus Blackwell looks up at the dwindling game clock before making the winning assist to TJ Minor.

Warren Lincoln 49, Grand Rapids Christian 47

The in-bounder became the shooter. On a team full of scholarship talent on the perimeter, it was 6-5 senior bruiser TJ Minor who took and made his only three-pointer of the contest from the right corner as time expired. Thus the state’s No. 2 ranked Division 2 team beat the No. 1 Eagles. Minor had originally inbounded it to junior guard Markus Blackwell, who got it back to his open teammate in the nick of time. GR Christian led 47-46, thanks to a pull-up jumper by junior guard Tyler Davis, and was working down the clock then turned it over with 20 seconds to play. But the Eagles had fouls to give, and whiddled it down to 5.7 seconds. Then Davis got a tip of the pass, forcing Blackwell into the backcourt to retrieve the ball, making the game-winner all the more unlikely. It was a high IQ play by Blackwell, feigning a drive to pull Minor’s man, Jaylan Ouwinga, just a bit to give him space.

5-6 Lincoln junior Moses Blackwell was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. Twelve of those came on NBA-range three-pointers. The least heralded of the Eagles’ talented senior frontcourt, 6-6 Carter Goodyke, was the most productive, leading them with 12 points.

Lincoln is 9-2, GR Christian 8-1.

Detroit King soph Drew Floyd made the game-winner against Grand Rapids Northview.

Detroit King 54, Grand Rapids Northview 53

There were back-to-back thrillers at East Kentwood, with this one preceding Lincoln’s win. Drew Floyd, a 5-8 MLK sophomore who had been able to work in the lane all afternoon despite being the smallest guy on the floor, did it again, spinning into the paint for a bank shot with 2.2 seconds to play. He finished with 12 points. The Crusaders were led by 6-3 senior Terrance Martin‘s 18 points. His deep jumper can get flat but it was dropping here, and mixed it up with aggressive, physical drives, with either quick finishes to draw a foul, or jump stops and pump fakes. A tough, blue-collar team guy that will find a college roster spot. 6-1 sophomore Gabriel Hawkins — one of nine 9th- or 10th-graders on MLK’s varsity — played well, a good defender on the ball or in helpside; uses the glass; makes the extra pass. He had a shot block on one of the top five prospects in his 2026 class, Northview’s 6-4 Cameron Ryans. King has 6-9 and 6-7 on the bench, but he tallest guy to played was 6-4 soph Mareon Knott, who asserted himself late with explosive finishes for his burly frame.

6-6 junior Brady Swartz led Northview with 19 points on 9-of-19 shooting with nine rebounds. He is a tough shot-maker who had a height and length advantage on King, and kept coming at them. 6-3 WMU signee EJ Ryans asserted himself late, contorting for difficult angle finishes, and shot it incredibly well scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 field goals and 4-for-4 free throws.

MLK is 11-3 (including losses to Division 1 Nos. 1 and 2 East Lansing and North Farmington) while Northview is now 8-1.

Zeeland West’s Myles Steffen scored 13 in a win over previously unbeaten Cass Tech.

Zeeland West 61, Detroit Cass Tech 42

The defending Division 1 state champions had a tough time matching up with Zeeland West’s size. 6-5 senior Orion Yant, a standout two-way performer from the Dux’ state semifinalist football team scored a dozen points and was a nice hi-lo option with ZW’s star forward, 6-7 Indiana State commitment Merritt Aldrerink. Yant has a counterintuitive but effective post game that keeps defenders unbalanced, and has bounce, reach and touch on the glass. It doesn’t stop there in the frontcourt, as 6-5 Luke Bakker is another good athlete whose shooting touch and range have improved, and he scored 13. Also scoring 13 for the Dux was 6-2 senior Myles Steffen, a Cornerstone signee, who played a patient floor game against Cass defensive pressure. He does a lot that will translate to the next level, with one-handed passes, strong close-outs, ability to get a man on his shoulder and operate in the lane. Steffen penetrated and pitched to junior Khi Anderson for a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Zeeland West is 8-3, Cass Tech 9-1.

 

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