|Sport||Basketball Varsity Boys|
|Game Recap||GRAND RAPIDS – Jared Redell looked exhausted.
The NorthPointe Christian boys basketball coach looked like he lost Friday’s game. But the Mustangs beat Covenant Christian 79-73 in the second game of the season.
Kual Nhial had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead four players in double figures. Drew Zuidema led the Mustangs with 18 points followed by Preston Huckaby (18) and Jordan Douglas (10). Zach Baker added nine points and seven rebounds.
NorthPointe, which led 37-19 at halftime, was outscored 54-42 in the second half by the Chargers.
Redell, in his first season with the Mustangs (2-0) after coaching at East Grand Rapids, was frustrated with his team’s inability to stop the Chargers late run. Covenant Christian’s Ben Noorman, a senior forward, scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and NPC was outscored 28-16 in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Kaptein scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half. Alex Dykstra had 12 points and Jared Noorman had 10 points for Covenant Christian (1-3).NOTES
NEXT: The Mustangs play Caledonia on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament.NEW GUYS: Two junior varsity players were called up to play Friday and in the Cornerstone tournament. Tyler Baker, a freshman forward, and Zac DeVries, a sophomore guard each played Friday. Baker drained the first shot he too, a 3-pointer from the left wing. Baker’s older brother is Zach Baker, a senior center.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Nhial, a sophomore forward, had a double-double for the second straight game. He had 17 points and 18 rebounds in a 73-52 win over Fennville on Dec. 4.