We here at wopanthers.com were very excited for district action Wednesday night. Jenison came out just as excited as us as they went on a 9-0 run to start the game- and never looked back. Ato Condelee started the scoring for the Panthers with a nice reverse layup. Jenison’s key player Eric Evans answered right back with a 2 of his own. After a missed West Ottawa shot, Evans nailed a three from several feet beyond the arch to put the game at 14-2 in favor of Jenison. Ryan Verhelst scored the Panthers’ second bucket of the night on a mid-range two. On Jenison’s next possession, Evans grabbed a rebound and nailed the put-back to make it 16-4, Jenison. A buzzer beater by Jenison after a missed shot by West Ottawa ended the quarter. In the first quarter it became clear that Eric Evans was going to be a problem for West Ottawa. West Ottawa’s struggles on the defensive end carried over to their offense as they failed to penetrate the Jenison defense.
PJ Trammel opened up the scoring in the second, from the free throw line as he went 1-2. Evans was then fouled on the next possession and he also went 1-2 from the line. Jackson Brown then gave the Panther fans some hope as he nailed a two while be fouled and completed the and-one by making his free throw to put the game at 17-8, Jenison. Condelee then gave the Panthers some more hope as he blocked Luke Diekevers’ shot. But then somehow the ball ended up back in Diekevers’ hands and he made a 2 from the low post. After exchanging baskets, the score was at 21-12 in favor of Jenison when Tyler Fredricks was fouled on a shot, which he made and then completed the and-one to increase the Jenison lead to 24-12. Trammel went 1-2 from the line to complete the scoring in the second quarter and put the score at 24-13, Jenison. West Ottawa barely “won the quarter” as the outscored Jenison 9-8. The Panther defense was much better in the second as they allowed Jenison to score half as many points in the second as they did in the first.
A quick 4 points put Jenison up 28-13 early in the third. Then Trevor VanTubbergen nailed a three pointer to pull the Panthers back within 12. But Fredricks answered right back with a conventional three point play as he was fouled on a 2 and sunk his free throw. Then after an unsuccessful trip on offense for the Panthers, Diekevers completed another and-one for Jenison to cap off a 10-3 Jenison run to open the third. After exchanging several baskets, the score was at 38-22, Jenison. That’s when Condelee completed the third and-one of the third quarter to pull the Panthers back within 13. Fredricks answered right back with an and-one of his own to put the score at 41-25, Jenison. VanTubbergen nailed a mid range two, which was then followed by another and-one by Jenison(the fifth combined and-one of the 3rd quarter) to put the score at 44-27, Jenison, entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a struggle for the Panthers as they were never able to pull closer than 15 points. West Ottawa’s seniors were pulled towards the end of the game and received quite the applause from the crowd as they ended their careers playing basketball for West Ottawa. The final score was 63-45, Jenison.
Eric Evans led all scorers with 19 points on the night. Tyler Fredricks added 16 for the Wildcats.
Marquise Hatter led the Panthers with 10 points. Ryan Verhelst added 9. Jackson Brown, Trevor VanTubbergen, and Ato Condelee added 7 apeice.
On a side note, I think I can speak for the West Ottawa community as a whole by saying that we would like to thank this Senior class for the time that they have spent proudly wearing a West Ottawa jersey and that we wish them all the best going forward.