Hopkins outlasts Redskins 70-63

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 12:53 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2012

Belding’s Ron VanDyke elevates to shoot this jumper over a defender from Hopkins during Friday’s game at home. VanDyke scored 17 points to lead Belding.

BELDING — The Hopkins Vikings had the height advantage and they used it.

The Belding Redskins battled back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter, but could not get over the hump in a 70-63 nonconference loss to the Vikings on Friday night.

“I thought we did a lot of nice things tonight,” Belding coach Brian Babbitt said. “The two runs they made, both times, we let their post players get position on us and we didn’t help quick enough. We made our runs when we stopped their post players and got turnovers.”

The first Vikings run came in the second quarter after Belding led 19-16 after the first quarter.

Hopkins started the second quarter with a 13-2 run to open a 29-21 lead. Vikings big man Matt Modreske scored six of the first eight points inside.

“We let them get the ball inside too much in the second quarter,” Belding guard Brendan Zuver said. “We talked about it at halftime. If we wanted cut their lead we had to keep them out of the paint.”

The Redskins came out on fire to start the second half. Ryan VanDyke and Brendan Zuver helped key a 12-4 run to tie the game 42-42 with 4:08 left in the third quarter.

“Our plan is to attack, attack and attack the hoop,” Zuver said. “That’s what we did and in turn helped us get back in the game.”

Hopkins was able to close out the quarter with an 8-1 run for a 50-43 lead after three quarters. Cody Wininger had five of those eight points.

The fourth quarter turned into a free throw shooting contest as the teams combined to shoot 34 from the line. Hopkins knocked down 14 free throws to help seal the win.

Belding got to within five points at 55-50 midway through the fourth quarter. Hopkins went on a 9-2 run to put the game out of reach.

“They battle. They are a great group of kids and are intense,” Babbitt said of his team’s comeback attempt. “That’s what we are going to keep building on.”

Wininger was 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a team-high 15 points. Modreske added 11 points and Joey McPeck had nine points.

“We needed this win. I think our big guys came out and played with a lot of fire,” Hopkins coach Jeff Weber said. “It was a good nonleague win. We hung in there and played pretty well.”

VanDyke scored a game-high 17 points for the Redskins. Zuver added 15 points and Andrew Leppink 10 points.

Hopkins improved to 5-6 overall. The Redskins fell to 0-8 overall. Belding will host Cedar Springs on Tuesday.


Hopkins 16 22 12 20 — 70

Belding 19 11 13 20 — 63

HOPKINS (5-6) — Schwartz 2 1-4 5, Ryan 2 0-2 5, Kraft 2 2-4 7, McPeck 1 7-8 9, Williams 3 0-2, Elzinga 3 0-0 7, VanderSyde 1 1-4 3, Wininger 3 9-12 15, Modreske 5 1-2 11, Hoffmaster 0 2-2 2. Totals: 22 23-40 70. Three-point goals: Ryan, Kraft, Elzinga. Total fouls: 24. Fouled out: Modreske.

BELDING (0-8) — Zuver 6 2-4 15, Sutherland 2 3-4 8, Leppink 5 0-8 10, Baker 0 0-1 0, Hart 2 0-0 5, VanDyke 7 3-7 17, Streval 0 2-2 2, Chickering 0 1-2 1, Hunt 2 0-1 5. Totals: 24 11-29 63. Three-point goals: Zuver, Sutherland, Hunt, Hart. Total fouls: 30: Fouled out: Hart, Leppink.

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