Tigers roar past Royals

Thursday, January 31, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8, the MMCRU Royals’ boys’ basketball team squared off against the Tigers from Trinity Christian. The Royals were coming off of a loss to Unity Christian, while the Tigers were coming off of an overtime defeat to Akron-Westfield.

Both teams started off the first quarter by trading three pointers, en route to a 6-6 score within the first two minutes. Another quick run by Trinity propelled them to an 18-10 lead after a quarter of play. The Tigers shot well from three as the half went on, and took a 32-17 lead at halftime.

The Royals’ defense held the Tigers in check in the third, but weren’t able to score enough to chip into the lead. Cade Pepper, Joel Johnson, and Robert Russell all hit threes in the final quarter, which trimmed the Trinity lead to eight, but it might have been a little too late. The Tigers went on to defeat the Royals for the second time this season, by a final score of 52-42.

Trinity Christian was led by Shane Kooima as he poured in a team high 13 points. Jerron Van Egdom trailed him with 11 points and a strong night on the boards with nine. Ethan Van Bemmel and Torrey Heynen each added eight points to their totals, while Van Bemmel was also the leader in the assist category with four.

For the Royals, it was Pepper, Johnson, and Russell who did the vast majority of scoring on the night. Pepper led the way with 14 points, that included a 4-8 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Johnson and Russell both had 10 points, and made a pair of threes.

Jordan Marks was the leading rebounder with seven. Johnson, along with fellow senior Dean Jenness, had four assists. As a team, the Royals shot 8 for 23 from deep.

Pepper shared a couple thoughts about the contest, “We came out early and started knocking down shots, but Trinity did a good job of answering right back. We’re right there to compete with anyone in our conference.”

The Royals’ next game will be on Thursday, January 17, at Kingsley-Pierson. The Tigers travel to Gehlen Catholic on the same evening to square off against the Jays.