Wildcat boys beat Hastings by 25, to battle South Christian for 2nd

The Wayland boys’ varsitAvery Hudson 2-6y basketball team lifted its overall season record to 15-3 Tuesday evening with a 78-53 triumph at Hastings.

The host Saxons were fresh from an upset victory over Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, but they were outscored in all four quarters. The Wildcats, ranked No. 7 in this week’s Class B Associated Press statewide poll, took a double-digit lead, 23-13 in the opening period and never looked back. They led 41-28 at intermission and 57-38 after three quarters.

Sophomore guard Avery Hudson paced the Wayland attack with 18 points. He also had seven steals and four assists.

Senior point guard Dilon Aten netted 15 points, Lacey James had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Zac Nieuwkoop counted eight points and a dozen rebounds.

Alex McMahon dropped in 18 points for Hastings.

Wayland, now 6-3 in the O-K Gold Conference, will play at home at 6 p.m. Friday against Grand Rapids South Christian in a battle for second place in the league. The Wildcats will end the regular season Thursday evening, March 5, with a non-league game at Forest Hills Eastern and then start Class B district tournament play Monday, March 9, at Wyoming Godwin Heights against South Christian.

PHOTO: Sophomore guard Avery Hudson had a big night against Hastings with 18 points, seven steals and four assists. (Photo courtesy Kenny Ritz)

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